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VOL. 21 DECEMBER 1987 N
J. F. Warner
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
1st Vice President
Mrs. Betty Malone
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard W. Beall
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Sheila Goudie
Sergeant At Arms
Mrs. Edna Ogeltree
The President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary ........................... .......... ............. 2
E ditor's C orner ..................................................... 2
Legislative Report ............................. .......... ............ 3
H onorary M em berships .............................................. 4
Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws ................................. 5
Highlights of M minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 7
A activity R report ...................................................... 10
W here A re You? ......................................... .......... 19
Retirem ents ....................................................... 19
Fourth Generations and Born in CZ 1904-1914 ........................... 20
N ew s C lips .............................. ........................... 22
And the M emory Lingers on ......................................... 24
Your Reporter Says ............ ......... ...... ................ 27
Alabam a .................... 27 M ississippi................... 44
Arizona ..................... 28 New Jersey ................... 44
Arkansas .................... 30 New M exico ................. 45
California ................... 32 North Carolina ............... 45
Colorado .................... 36 Northwest .................... 46
Florida ...................... 36 Panam a ..................... 48
H awaii ...................... 42 South Carolina ............... 52
Iowa ........... ............ 43 Texas .......... ............ 53
K entucky .................... 43 V irginia ..................... 56
Michigan .................. 44 The Younger Generation ....... 57
Congratulations ..................................................... 58
W eddings .......................................................... 62
Births ............................................................. 68
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................. 70
Letters to the Editor ................................................. 74
Looking Back ...................................................... 82
A nnouncem ents .......... ........................................... 85
For Sale or W anted .................................................. 88
Canal Zone Collectables .... 89 Kaw Valley Films .... 90 John Bateman .... 92
International Tours of Tucson ..... 90 The Panama Collection ..... 95
Front Cover: "Ayer y Hoy." Music is the 1740 Adeste Fideles, statue is of Balboa. Braille
over Church door spells, "PCSOF" by Bradley Pearson.
Back Cover: "Merry Christmas" designs by Bradley Pearson, Alameda, Calif.
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Christmas Party, St. Petersburg Hilton and Towers. (See
PCSSC Annual Christmas Luncheon, 10:30 A.M., Knotts Berry
Farm, Buena Park, CA. Lunch at 12:00 noon.
Hill Country Zonian's Annual Christmas Party, Medallion Room,
Inn of Hills, Kerrville, Texas. (See Your Reporter Says)
Annual Christmas Dinner, Sheraton Inn, Dothan, AL. Open at
6:00 P.M., with dinner and dancing
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 P.M.
PSCOFL Carnavalito. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL at 12:00
noon. Covered dish and music for dancing.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 P.M.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 P.M.
Northwest Picnic Reunion, Bellingham Park, Washington.
LONEI^ The Panama Canal Society of Florzda, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
| \ To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 1508 PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682
The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Palm Harbor, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed
in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Here we are approaching the Holiday Season it
is hard to realize that our long, hot sutmer is
In August we had our regular business meeting
at St. Bede's Church. It was my first meeting as
President, and I would like to thank all who were
present for their support. On September 6th, a
luncheon/meeting was held at Sahib Shrine Temple
in Sarasota. Carl Starke and his crew did an ex-
cellent job in making arrangements for us.
On September 11, Pat Beall, Bill Wheeler, Sara
Rowley, my husband John and I departed from Tampa
for San Diego, California, where we attended the
West Coast Reunion. We all had a wonderful time
and enjoyed seeing and being with all the folks
out there. Bob and Rosa Dill took us all out to
dinner at Anthony's Restaurant. We enjoyed the
evening and the dinner and the opportunity to
spend some time with this lovely couple. Pat's son
Bob was in San Diego at this time and graciously
played the part of tour guide, taking us to many
points of interest. We also spent an evening with
Debbie Pate, who lives in San Diego. We all had
such a nice time on this excursion out West, that
we are looking forward to attending another West
In October we held our annual picnic/meeting at
Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs. The weather was
perfect and everyone attending had a good time. A
discussion was held regarding the Carnavalito
which is held in February. It was voted on to hold
the Carnavalito on Saturday, February 6, 1988 at
12:00 noon. The function will be a covered dish
luncheon at Eckerd College. Make your plans to at-
tend and have a good time!
On October 11th, Pat Beall, Sheila Goudie and
her daughter, my husband John and I attended the
Space Coast picnic in Titusville. Although it was
a windy and rainy day, we enjoyed being there and
seeing many old friends.
The survey for the 1989 Panama Canal Society of
Florida reunion is coming in slowly. We hope to
receive a large number of them before the deadline
in December. If more responses are not received,
we may have to discontinue looking into the feas-
ability of going to Panama for the 1989 Reunion.
We will need at least 1,200 positive responses to
even make an effort to pursue this venture.
Carl Starke and his committees are busy working
on the 1988 Reunion, which will be held in Tampa
on June 30-July 2. If you are planning to attend
the reunion, be sure to fill out all the forms
necessary and send them in. Read the instructions
carefully and fill out the forms completely before
sending them in.
No reservations have been confirmed at any of
the hotels. All hotel reservations must be submit-
ted on the new Hotel Reservation Form provided in
this issue of the Canal Record, and must come
through the Society.
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The Executive Board has been very busy handling
the myriad details and decisions that are involved
in managing an organization like ours. The Audit
Committee submitted an Audit Report with their
findings, comments and recommendations. The Execu-
tive Board has reviewed this report and will take
appropriate action on every recommendation. We are
very fortunate to have such a fine Budget and
Audit Conmittee working with us, and we appreciate
their expertise and the time they donate to their
work. The Executive Board will endeavor to the
best of our ability, to govern the Society with
the well-being of the Society our only concern.
Your confidence and cooperation is greatly appre-
ciated. Please remember that this is your Society,
and be an active part of it by attending meetings
and other functions. Your suggestions and opinions
In closing, I wish you and yours a Happy Holi-
day Season. May your Holidays be Merry and may the
New Year be filled with Good Health and Good
Cheer. Happy Holidays to all.
It's hard to believe Christmas is almost upon
us; 1987 has literally flown by. My work is real-
ly picking up so bear with me and I'll send you
your 1988 membership cards as soon after I receive
your dues as possible. I am maintaining office
hours Monday through Friday so as not to tie up my
evenings and weekends with Society business. How-
ever, for the convenience of the members, I will
take telephone inquiries evenings and weekends.
In order to provide a more effective method of
record keeping, your 1988 membership card will be
the same as your customer number (computer ident-
ification number), as this number will remain with
the individual member as long as they stay cur-
We still have over 500 delinquent members, so,
may I remind you of the reinstatement fee under
Section 5, c-2, of the Bylaws. Also, once a member
becomes delinquent, his or her name is removed
from the current mailing list. In order to receive
the Canal Records they may have missed because of
late dues, it is necessary for us to collect $3.50
for each issue requested. Our printing and mailing
costs have risen considerably and the $2.00 delin-
quent fee does not begin to cover the costs of
mailing the Canal Record by First Class mail.
I notice that many of our members are moving
into the Tampa Bay area. We certainly welcome you
to attend our monthly meetings and get involved in
Society activities. Only a small number of our
members are volunteering as chairpersons of com-
mittees and as you can see, they are the same gen-
erous and wonderful people year after year. Event-
ually, they will want to step down, so we need
you!! Please help the Society by attending the
meetings and giving us your input!!!
Why not start by attending our lovely Christmas
Luncheon-Meeting on December 4, at the St. Peters-
burg Hilton and Towers, or, the Regular PCSOFL
meeting on January 8, 1988 at St. Bede's Episcopal
Church. (See Dates to Remember).
May you all have a happy, healthy and prosper-
ous holiday season and best wishes for the coming
A new Area Reporter has graced our staff: from
Colorado; Margaret (Meigs) Malloy replaces Donna
(Dickson) Dondanville who was with us for a few
years. We welcome you, Margaret, and hope to hear
a lot more from you in that beautiful State of
The wheels are already in motion for the 1988
Annual Reunion in Tanpa. Information regarding the
reunion is enclosed in this issue, and please note
the new Hotel Reservation Form, so get your reser-
vations in early if you want a particular hotel.
It was noted in our local newspapers that the
Hillsborough County (Tampa) Commission voted 6-0
to make it a misdemeanor for adults to have or
tolerate parties at which alcohol is served to
minors. Methinks this has far reaching effects, so
I hope there will be less of it at our reunions.
In Florida, persons must be 21 to consume alcohol,
and the new law would permit prosecution of anyone
over 18 who holds or does not stop a teen drinking
party for which he or she is responsible. A max-
imum penalty upon conviction is a $500 fine or 60
days in a county jail.
We have had several suggestions from members
lately, one of which deserves a lot of consider-
ation. Stephen Good of Layton, Utah, suggested we
print a Comemnorative Issue of the Canal Record in
1989 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the
Opening of the Panama Canal. On the Executive Com-
mittee's approval, we intend to pursue this idea.
Area Reporters have already been alerted to bring
this to the attention of their families in their
areas, and more of the same will be printed in the
Canal Record in the future. We are looking for
stories pertaining to that particular transit of
the Anon on August 15, 1914, and also when she
transited the Canal on the 25th Anniversary in
1939. Passenger lists? Incidents that happened at
those times? Any stories or photographs during the
construction days (all will be returned to sender)
or anything else that may be of interest. It would
be nice to make this issue a collector's item. How
about it?Your editor has already begun to screen
photographs and articles, but we need more!
The issue of obtaining a word processor and to
send news directly to the printer, saving 20% per
each page is still in limbo. We have had two meet-
ings with the printer and we are trying to prove
it will be cost-effective. Saving 20% of a page
means less pages; less printing costs; less mail-
ing costs. But with the Canal Record growing in
size, the 20% saved will soon evaporate. We need
more concrete savings costs before considering the
The New Year cometh, and 1987 will soon be his-
tory. Much has been accomplished in 1987 and we
hope we accomplish a lot more in 1988. The Society
is no longer a pleasurable pastime it has become
a business. Prices are going up all around us, so
funding has become a critical area. Luckily we
have an outstanding Budget and Audit Committee who
keeps us in line.
May you all have Happy Holidays and prosperity
for the coming year!
Editor, Canal Record
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Congress is still unable to reach agreement on
reinstating the enforcement mechanism for the
Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit law which the Sup-
reme Court struck down last year. A temporary debt
ceiling, without amendments, was adopted to keep
the government afloat through September 23.
The Gorton Amendment protects the Federal Re-
tiree cost-of-living adjustment from any automatic
cutbacks under the deficit reduction law. The Bud-
get Reconciliation Bill, which Congress is pre-
sently working on, is expected to come before the
Senate and house in October. The recent "Wall
Street Upheaval" which began October 19 is forcing
Congress to concentrate on this bill.
The budget process, so far, gives Federal Re-
tirees reason to be guardedly optimistic. All of
the Administration's proposed cutbacks in the area
of pay, retirement and health benefits were re-
jected by the budget resolution. The 4.2% COLA,
which will be reflected in annuitants' checks
beginning January 1988 was protected; a 3% federal
pay raise and the Administration's proposal to
lower the government's contribution to the Federal
Employee's Health Benefits Program. Congress has
not yet signed a final budget into law.
So far, several large federal agencies say that
very few of their employees under the old Civil
Service Retirement System have switched to the new
Federal Employee's Retirement System during the
first third of the six-month open season for
transferring. There seems to be a general lack of
interest. The deadline for federal employees to
choose either plan is December 32, 1987.
The Senate has passed the Catastrophic Health
Care Bill. Passage of the Bill will cost the typi-
cal Federal Retiree hundreds of dollars extra per
year for the coverage because the premium is based
on taxable annuities federal annuities are gen-
erally taxable while Social Security is not.
Due to higher utilization and increased hos-
pitalization and medical costs, premuims for plans
under the Federal Employee Health Benefits program
rose an average of 30% over this year's rates.
Open season for switching plans this year is
November 9 to December 11. Some plans will offer
'Lucho" Azcarraga, of Panama, Republic of Pan-
ami, has been nominated by the Executive Board of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for Hon-
Over the two score and some years, "Lucho" has
provided his unique organ music to young and old
for their dancing and listening pleasure. His name
is synonymous with the joy of growing up and
living in the Canal Zone and Panama during festive
He has played his rousing music for the Panama
Canal Society of Florida Reunions for the past
several years, melding the ties of members to
their joyous days on the Isthmus.
Jane Hult.quist, Dorothy Herrington and Harry
Egolf have been nominated by the Executive Board
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for Honor-
They comprise the Budget and Audit Committee of
the Society and for many years their distinguished
service and professional acumen in auditing the
Society's books and records, and presenting the
annual budgets have been responsible for the con-
tinued success in keeping the Society solvent and
Honorary membership (1) May be conferred to
individuals, members or non-members for disting-
uished or exceptional service to the Society. (2)
The names of individuals to be considered for hon-
orary membership shall be submitted to the Execu-
tive Board and recommended by them to the Society.
After notice has been given in the Canal Record,
individuals may be elected to honorary membership
by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote by members pre-
sent and voting at any Society meeting. (3) Active
members elected to honorary membership retain
their status, but are not required to pay dues or
NEW STANDING RULE
Change Standing Rule #22 to Standing Rule #23.
New Standing Rule #22:
"All committee chairpersons shall submit a re-
port to the Executive Board concerning the event
they have "chaired." These events include the An-
nual Reunion and other Society functions. These
reports shall be retained in the Society's of-
ficial files. They shall be filed within two weeks
or as soon as possible after the event occurs."
This Standing Rule was approved by members
present at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting/Picnic,
Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida, on October
COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP
FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY
With approval from the Executive Board, the
Record Editor has submitted a request to the Cit-
izens Stamp Advisory Commnittee, c/o Stamp Division
of the U.S. POst Office, Room 5800, 475 L'Enfante
Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20260-6352, to pro-
vide a commemorative stamp to be issued on the
75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama
Canal, August 15, 1914. Congressman C.W. Bill
Young of St. Petersburg promises to keep his eye
on the request.
There are indications that this same request
has, or will be made by others, both in the Panama
Canal area and in the United States.
This may well be our "last hurrah" for our own
"big ditch." We urge you all to lend your support
to this venture by writing to the address above,
your Senator and/or Congressman. Let's see if we
can pull it off!
OUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA IS:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P.O. Box 1508
PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682-1508
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ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD
a. Shall consist of all officers and the im-
mediate Past President.
b. Shall designate the financial institution in
which funds of the Society shall be depos-
c. Shall have the authority to appoint paid as-
sistant(s) to the Secretary/Treasurer and
Record Editor, when required.
d. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any
elected officer, except the President, un-
til the time of the regular election.
e. Meeting may be regular or special:
1. Regular meeting of the Executive Board
shall be held each month on a date, hour
and place designated by the chairman.
2. Special meetings may be called by the
chairman and shall be called upon written
request of five (5) members of the Execu-
f. All expenditures of monies shall have the
recommendation of the Executive Board
before being disbursed by action of the
g. Shall determine price charged for ads print-
ed in the Canal Record.
h. Shall report on actions taken, at each
PROPOSED Amendment #10
(PROPOSED AMENIIENT #10)
ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD
a. No change
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ADD 1. Chairman of the Budget and Audit Conmnittee
and his/her representative shall be an ex-
officio member of the Executive Board in
an advisory capacity for financial matters
concerning the Society.
ADD 2. Chairman of the Bylaws Committee and his/
her representative shall be an ex-officio
member of the Executive Board in an ad-
visory capacity for Bylaws (Rules and Reg-
ulations) concerning the Society.
b. No change.
c. No change.
d. No change.
e. No change.
f. No change.
g. No change.
h. No change.
The Bylaws Committee recommends the adoption of
the proposed amendment #10 to ARTICLE IX EXECU-
TIVE BOARD of the Bylaws.
Victor H. May, Jr., Chairman
ARTICLE X BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
SEC 1. BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
a. The chairman and three (3) members shall be
appointed by the President and approved by
the Executive Board.
b. Shall present a budget to the Executive
Board at their meeting prior to January 1.
c. Shall audit Treasurer's books and records
and present their audit report for approval
at the January meeting of the Executive
Board. Audit report shall be approved by
the Executive Board and printed in the
March issue of the Canal Record.
PROPOSED Amendment #11
ARTICLE X BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
SEC 1. BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE:
a. The chairman and two or more members shall
be appointed by the President and approved
by the Executive Board.
b. Shall present a budget to the Executive
Board at their first meeting in January.
c. Shall audit Treasurer's books and records at
the end of the fiscal year (January thru
December) and present their audit report
for approval at the January meeting of the
Executive Board. The complete audit report,
approved by the Executive Board, shall be
printed in the March issue of the Canal
d. When a vacancy occurs in the office of the
President or Treasurer, end of term or for
any other reason, the financial books and
records shall be audited and a report pre-
sented to the Executive Board at their next
The Bylaws Conmittee recommends the adoption of
the proposed amendment #11 to ARTICLE X BUDGET
AND AUDIT COMMITTEE of the Bylaws.
Victor H. May, Jr. Chairman
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
August 7, 1987
St. Bede's Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to or-
der by Mrs. Muriel IWhitman at 1:32 p.m., at St.
Bede's Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall, who read the list of re-
cently deceased. The President asked for a moment
of silence in their memory.
In the absence of Mr. Harry Foster, Mr. Joseph
Hickey led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Whitman announced that Mrs. Shirley
Boswell had resigned on July 13, 1987 due to per-
sonal reasons and that Mrs. Marjorie Foster had
been appointed for the unexpired term as Secre-
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the Annual
Business Meeting. Mr. Beall asked that a correct-
ion be made to correct the spelling of Mr. Jack
Kromer' s name.
Mrs. Whitman welcomed the 66 members present
including Past Presidents, Mr. Bill Wheeler, Mr.
Pete Foster, Mr. Vic May, Mr. Jack Morris, Mr.
Eugene Askew, Mr. Al Pate, and Mrs. Anna Collins.
Long time absent members were:
Alton and Vera Jones Seminole, Florida
Ruth (Palmer) Clum St. Petersburg, Florida
Sugar DiRcma Clearwater, Florida
Richard Danielson St. Petersburg, Florida
Ken and Betty Jorgensen St. Petersburg, Florida
Doris Sanders Hudson, Florida
Anne and Hugh Hale Tarpon Springs, Florida
The Secretary read the Treasurer's report and
it will stand for audit.
Mrs. Whitman introduced her new Board members
and asked for the support of the members. She
announced a special executive board meeting to be
held August 14 for the purpose of filling a va-
cancy on the Board.
Mr. Richard Beall gave a report on the change
of address due to Mrs. Foster taking over as Se-
cretary. Work on the September Canal Record was
on schedule and mentioned he had many good pic-
tures of the Reunion. He has nominated Robert
Hurdle for Honorary Membership into the Society.
Mr. Beall also reported that because of the new
Florida Sales tax, we may have to charge 57o on Ads
for the Canal Record and that he and Mrs. Jane
Huldtquist were looking into all aspects of it.
Mrs. Sheila Goudie gave a short biological
sketch of herself followed by her legislative re-
port. IRS has published an 88-page revised re-
tirement tax guide for federal employees referred
to as Publication 721. A copy may be ordered as
Comprehensive Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Re-
tirement Benefits, No. 721, IRS Distribution Ctr.,
P. 0. Box 25866, Richmond, Virginia 23260.
Mrs. Whitman gave a brief run-down on the 1987
reunion. 3,363 persons registered, all functions
were well received and the golf tournament was a
huge success. She thanked all her Chairpersons
for a job well done.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported she had sent three
cards to members who were ill.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist gave a report on the Golf
Tournament. (see elsewhere in Canal Record). She
thanked all her committee members for their hard
work with special thanks to Mr. Jim Will for the
Gold Putters he donated and to Mr. Lou Andino for
Mrs. Huldtquist asked that the membership
approve retaining the balance of $99.21 in their
golf account to be used for next year's tourna-
ment. Mr. Richard Beall moved the Golf Conmittee
retain their $99.00 for next year's Golf Tourna-
ment, seconded by Mrs. Dorothy Yocum. Motion
Mrs. Betty Malone reported that 823 persons
attended the Annual Luncheon and it was most suc-
cessful. She thanked all her committee.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate reported that Registration
went well and thanked all those who assisted her.
Mrs. Whitman called on Mr. Foster to give a re-
port on the 1989 Panama Reunion. Mr. Foster pre-
viewed the Questionnaire he prepared to be printed
in the September and December Canal Record con-
cerning the Reunion in Panama. Since he felt the
questionnaire was necessary for him to make a true
evaluation in order to negotiate contracts most
beneficial to the members and since the question-
naire had already created so much controversy a-
mong Board members, he resigned as Chairman of the
1989 Panama Reunion and wished Mrs. Whitman and
her Board the best of luck during their term of
Mrs. Whitman asked Mr. Foster to reconsider but
Mrs. Anna Collins made the motion to destroy
the 1987 ballots, seconded by Sandy May. Motion
Mrs. Jay Stewart pointed out that the Panama
Canal Society of Florida is for all ages and it
was enlightening once again to see Mr. Robert Dill
and his wife, Rosa, attend our reunion and
suggested we show our appreciation to them with
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist reported on the recent au-
dit conducted due to the change of Secretary/
Treasurer. She congratulated Mrs. Boswell on her
excellent record keeping and reported everything
was in good shape. She will make her official re-
port at the next board meeting. She did suggest
that all Board members should very carefully read
their By-Laws and she asked that amendments be
made to Article X and recommended changes to the
Standing Rules. (See attached recommendations)
Mrs. Whitman made several routine announcements
then introduced Mr. Peter Colvert from Gulf Coast
Public Relations on Hearing Inpairments who spoke
on Hearing problems.
Mr. Hugh Hale suggested a cruise for the re-
union and would like to see the Society pursue
this. He suggested better control over admittance
to the Panazonian dance. He would prefer not to
have all Panamanian music.
Discussion followed on ways to handle the Ball
and dance at the Reunion.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 3:07.
BUDGET, FINANCE AND AUDIT COU4ITTEE
Sec. 1 Budget, Finance and Audit Committee
a. The Chairman and two or more members shall
be appointed by the President and approved by the
b. Shall present a budget to the Executive
Board at their first meeting in January.
c. Shall audit Treasurer's books and records
at the end of the fiscal year (January thru Decem-
ber) and present their audit report for approval
at the January meeting of the Executive Board.
The complete audit report, if approved by the Ex-
ecutive Board, shall be printed in the March issue
of the Canal Record.
d. Shall audit the treasurer's books and re-
ports at the end of the term of office of an out-
going Treasurer and an out-going President, and
the audit report presented to the Executive Board
at the next meeting of said Board.
e. Additionally, if a Treasurer or President
does not complete his or her term of office, the
books and records of the Society will be audited
and a report presented to the Executive Board at
the next meeting of the Board.
f. The Chairman of the Budget, Finance and
Audit Committee or his/her representative shall
be an ex-officio member of the Executive Board in
an advisory capacity for financial matters con-
cerning the Society.
August 7, 1987
23. All committee chairpersons shall submit a re-
port to the Executive Board concerning the event
they have "chaired". This includes all committee
chairpersons for the Reunion, and other Society
functions, and that these reports be kept in the
Society's official files. These reports should
be filed within two weeks or as feasible as possi-
ble after the event occurs.
September 5, 1987
Sahib Shring Temple
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to or-
der by Mrs. Muriel Whitman at 12:02 p.m., at the
Sahib Shrine Temple in Sarasota, Florida.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation. Mr.
Richard Beall read the list of recently deceased,
followed by a moment of silence in their honor.
Mrs. Whitman welcomed the 116 members and their
guests which included Past Presidents, Mr. Vic ay
Mr. Al Pate, Mr. Gene Askew, Mrs. Anna Collins and
Mr. Bill Wieeler. She gave a special welcome to
the many Sarasota members present and special re-
cognition to Roosevelt Medal Holder, Mr. Thomas
Ebdon, Sr.; Mr. and Mrs. William Grady and Rabbi
and Mrs. Nathan Witkin.
Mrs. Marjorie Foster read the minutes of the
August 7 meeting and they were approved as read.
Mrs. Whitman thanked Mr. Carl Starke for the
lovely luncheon arrangements and those who ser-
ved on his committee. The meeting was adjourned
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Meeting reconvened at 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Harry Foster led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Foster read the financial report and it
will stand for audit.
Mrs. Whitman announced that five of our Florida
members would be attending the West Coast Panama
Canal Society reunion at no expense to the
Mrs. Whitman announce that Mr. Robert Stewart
would serve on the committee for the 1989 reunion
Mr. Beall reported that because of glitches at
the printers, the September Canal Record would be
late; the number of Canal Records to be mailed has
now risen to 4,353. APO addresses had been
changed by the Secretary in time for the September
Mr. Beall read the legislative report in the
absence of Mrs. Sheila Goudie. Federal retirees
are considered certain to receive a full cost-of-
living adjustment to their annuities in January
and it is estimated that the COLA should be at
least 4.5 percent (Report printed under Legisla-
tive Report in Record).
Mr. Carl Starke reported that the contracts had
been signed for the 1988 Reunion to be held June
30, July 1st and 2nd.
Mrs. Whitman reported on items covered at the
Executive Board meeting and announced that the
proposal to establish a central office had been
tabled indefinitely; the Society was accepting
applications for assistant to the secretary; and
that Mr. Bill Wheeler will chair a committee to
look into the feasibility of a paid reunion coor-
Mr. Bouche gave a report on the storage of
items for the Army museum and went over the pro-
cedures on how to donate.
Mrs. Whitman announced that the annual picnic
would be held October 3 in Anderson Park in Tarpon
Springs. It will be a covered dish lunch. She
also announced the upcoming picnics in Ocala on
October 6, and the Space Coast picnic in Titus-
ville on October 11.
Mrs. Whitman turned the meeting over to Mr.
Carl Starke who called the winning numbers for
many door prizes.
Mrs. Whitman asked Mr. Gene Askew to approach
the podium where she presented him with an en-
graved placque for his gavel.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 1:34 P.M.
October 3, 1987
Tarpon Springs, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to
order by the President, Mrs. Muriel Whitman at
1:00 p.m., at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Flo-
Mrs. Whitman turned the meeting over to Mrs.
Jeanne Wheeler who awarded four door prizes to
guests and members.
Mrs. Anna Collins gave the Invocation and
Richard Beall read the list of those recently de-
ceased, followed by a moment of silence.
Mrs. Whitman welcomed approximately 56 members
and their guests which included Past Presidents
Vic May, Anna Collins and Bill Wheeler.
Harry Foster led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Goudie read the minutes of the September
5 meeting and the financial report in the absence
of Mrs. Foster, Secretary/Treasurer, and they were
approved as read.
Mrs. Whitman reported the September West Coast
Reunion, September 11-13, was a pleasure to
attend. Bob Beall was kind enough to show us a-
round San Diego.
Mrs. Whitman complimented the Audit and Bud-
get Committee members, consisting of Mrs.
Huldquist, Mrs. Dorothy Herrington and Mr. Harry
Golf, for their dedication and expertise in
managing the financial matters of the Society.
Mrs. Whitman reported on items covered at the
Executive Board meeting and that Mrs. Goudie will
chair a committee to explore the feasibility of
a central office to house Society activities.
Mr. Beall reported he would meet with Roberts
Printing to discuss cost analysis involved in the
purchase of a word processor in order to reduce
the printing process costs, as opposed to the pre-
sent method. He went on to discuss the suggestion
of a member to publish a "Comnemorative Issue" in
June of December 1989 to celebrate the 75th Anni-
versary of the opening of the Canal. He has been
providing an on-going "before and after" series
of photographs but he would like to solicit more.
He will write each Area Reporter to alert their
area of the proposal and will discuss the special
issue in greater detail during following regular
Mrs. Anna Collins reported sending a card to
Mopsey Wood at Shanes Hospital in Gainesville,
Florida last month. Mrs. Wood is presently recup-
erating at her daughter's home in Bradenton.
Mr. Bob Stewart received 220 replies to the
questionnaire contained in the September issue of
the Canal Record. Of this group, 113 members pre-
ferred the reunion held in June, July or August,
while 93 wanted March, April or May. In addition,
94 members wanted the reunion site to be in Tampa
only, while 86 wanted Panama only, and 35 wanted
the reunion to begin in Tampa and continue in
Panama, R.P. Mr. Stewart encouraged all members
to respond to the questionnaire.
Mrs. Whitman reported unfinished business in-
cluded Mrs. Huldtquist's request to change Stand-
ing Rule #22 to #23 and to add Standing Rule #22
"All committee chairpersons shall submit a report
to the Executive Board concerning the event they
have chaired. These events include the Annual Re-
union and other Society functions. These reports
shall be retained in the Society's official files.
They shall be filed within two weeks or as soon
as possible after the event occurs."
This Standing Rule was approved by members pre-
sent at the meeting.
Mrs. Whitman reiterated that the Society con-
tinues to recruit an Assistant to the Secretary/
Treasurer. Mrs. Jay Stewart, who volunteered her
time, has been interviewed, and Mrs. Sandy
Robinson is scheduled to be interviewed in the
Mrs. Whitman opened a discussion for the Carna-
valito celebration as an item in new business.
Discussion followed by the members. Final motion
by Mrs. Anna Collins was to hold the regularly
scheduled meeting on Saturday, February 6 at noon
with the dance to follow. The Carnavalito Commi-
ttee will work on details such as location, music
and the menu.
Mrs. Family Brooks was reported to have brought
a supply of Balboa Union Church (1988) calendars
Mrs. Whitman discussed the possibility of char-
tering a bus to transport those interested in
attending the October 11 Picnic at Titusville,
Florida. A show of hands indicated only eight
members were interested, which made the bus un-
As there was no further business, the President
Mrs. Whitman, adjourned the meeting at 1:37 p.m.
WEST COAST REUNION
You'll never guess where I spent the weekend.
At the Panama Canal West Coast Reunion in San
Diego, California. It was fabulous! The Bahia
Hotel is a true resort and catered to our every
whim. The food was great and of course the company
never to be equaled. We even had a group come from
Florida and they seemed to enjoy themselves. Pat
Beall told me it reminded him of the early days of
the Florida Society when they were smaller. They
enjoyed watching us work for a change. Gave them
a chance to relax and enjoy. Pat met his son,
Robert Beall, from Healdsburg, CA. at the big
gathering. Also gracing our "do" was the President
of the Panama Canal Society, Muriel Whitman and
1st man, John Whitman. Bill Wheeler, past pres-
ident of the Florida Society was also in attend-
ance, as was his brother and wife, Malcolm and
Faye Wheeler. Sara Rowley finally made the journey
to California she has been promising, and Roy
'Bocas" Leeser came to see his new grandchild and
to attend the reunion.
Tito was the best. He and Alex made the rafters
ring. The ballrooms' high ceiling really absorbed
the music very well, so that the main occupation
was still carried on, talking! Johnny Ballenger,
or "Johnny B" as he was known, as disc jockey of
WHOG in Panama, was our Master of Ceremonies for
the dinner-dance, and we gwine ax he agin. Our own
Conrad Horine, back with us once again, did the
honors at the Sunday morning breakfast.
Alice and Lloyd Dodd and Adelaide (Mon-
(Left) Ballroom view and some of those dancing. (Right) BHS Alumni cheering loudest
against CHS alumni.
(Left) Back: Regina (Rau) Stroop, Lolita (Provost) Packard, Joanne (Steiner) Robin-
son. Front: Nancy (Norton) Carter, Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond, Helen Dudak. (Center)
Regina (Rau) and Warren Stroop, Barbara (Miller) Green and Nancy (Norton) Carter.
(Right) Pat Beall and his son, Robert Beall of Healdsburg, CA. and Sara Rowley.
Sue Pitney, Dave Hilliard, Carrie (Miller) and
Sue Pitney, Dave Hilliard, Carrie (Miller) and
Fern Horine Dabill, Marceline Rice Martin and
Stella Boggs De Marr gave us a hilarious rendition
of the welcoming for Stellas dancing school.
Who didn't attend? They claim this part is over
50 years old, but all that energy can't be old. Of
course, none of us are old we had such a good
start in life in the Canal Zone, we couldn't be
Those of you who missed the fun really missed
a good time! Try it again next year.
Many thanks to our various committees who made
everything go so smoothly.
Those attending were:
Adams, Henry and Loretta (Hirschfield)
Bachowski, Paul and Diane
Beall, Richard "Pat"
Beall, Robert G.
Beers, Bill and Ruth
Black, William and Sara
Broderick, John and Martha (Swalm)
Brooks, Bill and Claire
Browder, Ed and Marie
Brown, Margaret (Goulding)
(Left) Wendy (Cotton) and Dennis Corrigan.
and Catsy (Taylor) Schafer.
Bowman, Donna (Geyer)
Carter, Nancy (Norton)
Corrigan, Dennis and Wendy
Coyle, Edward and Ellen
Dabill, Fern (Horine)
Daykin, Jerry and Ann
De Grummond, Jack and Joan (Ridge)
De Marr, Stella (Boggs)
Dill, Robert and Rosa
Dodd, Lloyd and Alice
Ellenor, Gary and Penny (Leeser)
Edwards, Bill and Connie (Miller)
Ellis, Adelaide (Monsanto)
Evans, Caroline (Halvorsen)
Evans, David and Gretchen (Dizz)
Fawcett, John and Beverly
Fitzpatrick, Francis and LaVerne
Forsythe, Bob and Alice
Frank, Irwin and Sherrill
Frey, Fritz and Betty (Compton)
Green, Barbara (Miller)
Grills, Joe and Annabelle (Lee)
Hamilton, Eddie and Jennifer
Hilliard, David and Mary
Hillman, Frances (Goulding)
Susan (Taylor) and Lou Pitney,
Hollowell, David and Thelma
Horine, Conrad and Norma (Dry)
Houston, Al and Ann
Jennings, Ann (Brede)
Johnson, Don and Stephanie (Milburn)
Jones, Paul and Rose
Kabacy, Jean (Phillips)
PANAMA CANAL WEST CnA
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Long ago buddies meet Warren Stroop (BHS'43) of Cathedral City, CA., and Pat Beall
of Clearwater, FL. (Center) Penny (Leeser) and Gary Ellenor; Pam (Leeser) Widdecke
and Roy "Bocas" Leeser. (Right) West Coast Reunion Committee: Back L-R: Marion Rice,
Donna Bowman, Conrad Horine, Ken Stone, David Lane, Thelma Hollowell, David Hollow-
ell." Front L-R: Norma Horine, Celine Stone, and Tom Rice.
(Left) Pat Beall, Muriel and John Whitman at Pointe Loma, overlooking San Diego Bay.
(Center) "Friend" and Tito Mouynes. (Right) Rosa and Bob Dill enjoying Tito's organ
music, and never missed a dance!
(Left) Gary Will, Ray and Irene Will, Clarice and Frank Stabler. (Right) Irene Salas
Bwelando, of Genoa, Italy, with Henry and Loretta (Hirschfeld) Adams.
Lipzinski, Todd and Alice
Lewis, Royce and Sue
Lewy, Gerda (Halvorsen)
McGuiness, Tom and Helen
Mclver, Craig and Katherine (Lane)
Mann, Jim and Kathleen (Brede)
Marin, Marceline (Rice)
Molinaro, Kathryn, (Argo)
Packard, Lolita (Provost)
Pitney, Susan (Taylor)
Rice, Tom and Marion (Snyder)
Schafer, Catsy (Taylor)
Stone, Ken and Celine and Patrick
Stroop, Warren and Regina (Rau)
Sundquist, Ted and Beth
Vossburgh, David and Betsy
Wheeler, Malcolm and Faye
Wheeler, Ray (Bill)
Whitman, John and Muriel, President of
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
Widdecke, Pamela (Leeser)
Will, Jim and Missy (Yarnell)
Will, Ray and Irene
Wolfenstein, Bob and Blanca
Yeilding, Ruth (Bauman)
Donna Bowman, David and Thelma Hollowell
Conrad and Norma Horine, David Lane,
Kathryn Molinaro, Tom and Marion Rice,
Ken and Celine Stone.
Donna Bowman, Robert and Rosa
Francis and LaVerne Fitzpatrick,
FIRST ANNUAL GREATER PHILADELPHIA
'The First Greater Philadelphia Panama Dinner"
was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Litz-
enberger (Leslie Hendricks). The affair was cater-
ed by Pat Vitale, owner of Vitale's Restaurant.
Pat was Club Officer at Fort Clayton from 1967-
1970. The dinner was authentic; Arroz Con Pollo,
prepared by Eddie the bartender (who was also at
Ft. Clayton from Panama), Plantain, Seviche, var-
ious fruits and salads.
The guests were Woody and Drue (DePiper), Dale
and Cathy Stevens, Garth Feeney from New Jersey,
John and Karen Nagy (Lowande) from Pennsylvania,
John and Karen Deming (Schnidt) from Deleware, Jim
and Peggy Matty (Flynn) from New York, Barbara
Sanders (Dombrowsky) from North Carolina, and Gale
Ferrick (Mabry) from South Carolina.
This will be an annual event according to Les-
lie and she is hoping that even more people will
attend next year. We all had a great time, espe-
cially those who attended the Society Reunion a
couple of weeks before. We just took up where we
Those attending from the BHS Class of '63 are
reminded that the official 25th Reunion will be
held in conjunction with the Annual Society Re-
union June 30-July 3. Come one Come all!!
Peggy Matty (Flynn)
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro
A group picture of some of those attend-
ing the "First Annual Greater Philadel-
POCONO REUNION A SUCCESS
Our Pocono Reunion was held September 25, 26,
and 27, 1987. Among those attending were: Augie
and El Hamnond Schwindeman, Jack and Grace Jones
Carey, Jack Poole, Andy and Betty Brooks Stergion,
Bill and Muriel Poole, Gene and Faye Hamlin, Sibby
Hallen Pittman, Billy and Mary Michaelsen, John
and Vera McGuire, Dick and Juanita Taylor McConau-
ghey, George Lowe, Jack and Rene Taylor Kromer,
Willie Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Tede Duff Lyng, Vince
Reynolds, Bob "Dink" Dennis, Jean Dennis Herbert,
Rosemary Millett Gilead, Sarah Storey, Horace and
Doris Nolan Lefferts, Jack Tonneson, Len and Olive
Kalar Crouse, Frank and Jean Kalar McAndrews,
Frank Key, Betty Searcy Rathgeber, Linda Rathgeber
Rouse, Stella Boggs De Marr, Rick Nelson, Johnny
Millett and daughter Anne Marie, and Jo Dennis
We started arriving in time for lunch. As we
waited for others to arrive, we got out our lawn
chairs, picnic table for the booze and snack bar,
and were the welcoming committee for the later
Our Friday night slides brought back many mem-
ories and we played "Who Dat!" On a picture of the
BHS 1932 Glee Club, Billy Michaelsen got on one
side of the picture and yours truly on the other.
We were able to I.D. most of the faces because
Billy dated most of the girls and I the boys. A
picture of a stag outing at El Valle with the BHS
Adinis' skinny dipping was also shown. Last but
not least was the Ridge Road Kindergarden Gang,
which was real easy to guess because we all went
Tommy Kromer, you don't live too far away why
don't you and your wife join us next year?
Shots of co-ed picnics at the Chorrera Falls
Tonneson, Bob "Dink" Dennis.
Kromer, Len Krouse.
(Right) Dick and Juanita Taylor McConoughy
(Left) Andy Stergion, Gene Hamlin, Vera McGuire, Betty Brooks Stergion, John McGuire
George Lowe. (Right) Tede Duff Lying, Vince Reynolds, Sibby Halten Pittman, Jean
Dennis Herbert, Olive Kalar Krouse, El Hammond Schwindeman.
(Left) Jack Kromer, Billy Michaelsen, Stella Boggs De Marr, Jack Poole. (Right)
Willie Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Jo Dennis Konover, Rosemary Millett Gilead, Tede Duff
(Left) Augie Schwindeman, Jack Carey. (Right) Grace Jones Carey, Muriel Poole, Sib-
by Hallen Pittman.
brought back many happy memories. TI
Poole and Gene Hamlin for that memorable
Saturday at 8:00 AM was tee-off til
golfers. They came home at noon, happy,
Saturday night's dinner was fun, s
frolicking to the accordian music of St
De Marr. Billy and Jo danced a tamborit
Poole sang some solos in Spanish. Never
Bill had such a good voice. I learn son
all the time. After dinner we adjourr
cocktail lounge where we danced and sang
Sunday morning, after breakfast,
around and after lingering farewells, hi
ious roads for home.
PCSSC ANNUAL PICNIC
me fnr tho
tired, and The Annual Picnic gathering of the PCSSC, on
August 2, 1987, was opened by Bob Dill giving the
singing and invocation, followed by the Pledge to the Flag led
ella by President Edith Wimner. Guests were introduced,
e Bogs followed by our delicious "picnic" of Bar-b-qued
:a and Bill
a and Bill chicken and ribs and all the trimmings.
nethn President Winmer presented a framed Mola to
ted to the Tina, our banquet waitress who has filled our
till mid- every need at Knott's. She has been promoted to
Banquet Captain and as such will not be serving us
we stood anymore, but she has already made sure her succes-
sor knew what we needed.
t the var-
A report on the Florida Reunion was given by
Kathryn IMolinaro. A "Pep Talk" on our own PCSSC
Jo Konover West Coast Reunion was the next order of business.
Reporter David Lane handed out brochures on the Bahia Hotel
in San Diego, site of this years reunion.
Our program, "Bajun Memories" was a huge suc-
cess. Bob Provost and Janet Laschinger did the
honors. Love to hear that accent! We are trying to
involve all of our members in our programs. If you
know of any talent that is hidden, please squeal
to the officers. David Smith closed the entertain-
ment with his rendition of "If I were a Rich Man"
from "Fiddler on the Roof." Excellent!
The door prize, a Linda Geyer print was won by
Hedvig Seedborg. The lottery was won by Dorothy
Hayward, and twice by Alice Forsythe. Francis
Fitzpatrick donated a case of beer; won by Bill
Quinn, Charles Becktell Kathleen Bennett and David
Smith. A beautiful 30" Yellow Jade necklace, do-
nated by Kathleen Steiner Bennett, was won by
Susie Magee. Thank you so much, Kathleen.
A standing ovation was gievn to Thelma Hollo-
well in recognition of a job well done.
After a rousing rendition of "God Bless America"
the meeting and luncheon was adjourned.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
KNOTT'S BERRY FARM AUGUST 2, 1987
Argo, Adele and Emmet
Bennett, Kathleen Steiner
Guests: John Magee
Susie Magee Allen
Anne Magee Severy
Bowman, Donna Geyer
Guest: Mary Cochrane
Dill, Bob and Rosa
Guest: Toni Frazier
Evarts, Polly and Bill
Fitzpatrick, LaVerne and Francis
Forsythe, Bob and Alice
Griffin, Lucille and Griff
Hollowell, Thelma and David
Johnson, Don and Stephanie Milburn
Guest: Alice Milburn
Laschinger, Janet Nesbitt
Guest: Louise Silva
Molinaro, Kathryn Argo
Guests: Ann Molinaro Moore
Quinn, Bill and Kathryn
Guest: Elizabeth Kling
Guest: Cynthia Totty
Guests: Jeanne Townsend
SPACE COAST PICNIC
The Space Coast Group of the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida held their annual picnic at Fox
Lake Park, Titusville, Florida on October 11,
1987. It was a rainy, windy day, but it did not
danpen the spirits of the 73 attendees.
Roger Deakins and Virginia Miller made all the
arrangements with the able assistance of Margaret
Door prizes of wine were won by Pat Grimison,
Pat Risberg and Bonnie Dolan. Ruth Thompson guess-
ed the number of jelly beans in the jar and won
the jar, jelly beans and a watch hidden in the
jar. Walter Brown won a prize, among those present
as being the earliest arrival on the Isthmus (his
Some of those attending the Space Coast
Picnic at Fox Lake, Titusville, Fla.
Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. John
Whitman (Muriel is the incumbent President of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida) and Mr Pat Beall,
Editor of the Canal Record. All three attended the
picnic for the first time.
Some other first-timers at the picnic were: Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Brayton, Mrs. Shirley Bruce, Mr.
Robert Geddes, Mrs. Sheila Goudie, Legislative
Representative for the Society), Mr. Ed Kienzle
and Mrs. Doris Leeser.
A complete listing of those attending the pic-
Donald & Gladys Brayton
Rey & Helen Beck
Jim & Rita Hayden
Curtis and Emily Bliss
Walter & Pearl Brown
Donald & Shirley Bruce
Leo, Sarita & Vicky Cannon
Leo & Barbara Croft
Roger & Vi Deakins
Terry & Sue Deakins
Randy & Ella Deakins
Bonnie & Karen Dolan
William, Eliz.& Erin Fahy
Thomas & Nancy Grimison
Patrick, Mat. & Eric GrimiE
Bill & Skip Hollowell
John & Marg. Klasovsky
Mike & Dottie LaCroix
Ken & Dottie Manthorne
Don & Virginia Miller
Ted & Alice McGann
Al & Ann Terwilliger
Bud & Pat Risberg
son Bill & Sylvia Wigg
Rebecca & Melinda Grimison John & Muriel Whitman
Al & Nancy Gallin Phil & Carol Whitney
A good time was had by all. Next year promises
to be better and bigger in attendance.
NORTHWEST PICNIC REUNION
We hope all of you who attended the August 1st
Picnic at Millersylvania State Park had a great
time. Tell all your friends who didn't make it
what they missed. We had about 260 people, count-
ing the kids, and were honored by several who came
from afar. Some of them were Tom and Cece Gove of
Sarasota, Florida; John and Mary Urey from Dothan,
Alabama; Mike Stephenson and Robert and Gayle Ran-
kin from Panama.
Next years' hosts will be Jim and Noralie Shobe
and the reunion will be held in Bellingham, WA. on
August 6, 1988
Those attending this year were Bob and Marilyn
Arndt with Tod; Bill and Marty Lohr; Marilyn and
Tom Marsh; Floyd Baker; Hearldino Barkema and son,
Dale and Bonnie Fontaine; Margaret and Grady Hard-
ison; Lil and Gene Nott; Jim and Clover Duffus
with Josh and Tina; Roy and Ligia Richardson; Otis
and Billie George; Toni and Bob Kornkamp with Rob-
ert Allen; Al and Ann Richardson; John and Glenda
Ewell with Kevin; John and Joan Long; Frank and
Marge Doherty; Phil and Betty Casus; Rusty and
Cindy Vaucher with Jacob and Jarrett; Connie and
Paul Ebdon; Steve and Debbie Shobe with April
Scott and Dillon; Estelle Lusky; Donald McClure;
Ann Johnson; Glen and Gladys Lasher; Connie Penn-
ington with Heather and Rich; Jim and Noralie
Shobe; Brenda Senecal with Jacquelyn and Greg;
Buck and Irene Johnson; Pat and Bill Scott; Pat
and Dan Nellis with Stephanie; Elizabeth Merrill;
- I -
Connie Pennington, Gladys Lasher, Gayle
(Fettler) Rankin, Robert Rankin, Mike
Stevenson, Joe and Laurie Stevenson.
Mebs Ausnehmer; Betty O'Hagan; Gewn Blair; John
Dodds; Dorothy Doherty; Bill and Joan Stoltz; Pat-
ty Stoltz; Terry and Sean McHenry; Camille Van
Hoose; Joseph and Alice Christopher; Vadja (Van
Hoose) Canpbell and Dennis Canpbell; Don and May-
cel McLean and Donella; Jim and Sue Wood with Jes-
se, Alex and Brittany; Betty (Lockwood) Crocker;
Eddie Cruz Segarra; Darrell and Nancy Eide; Neil
Lohr and Ann; Robin Erixon; Denise and Dean Clark
with Ryan; Bob and Dianne Streeter; Kathy Milligan
and Evertt Bronn; Cecil and Donna Caudill; Marian
and Lee Kariger; Ralph and Helen Smith; Walt and
Suzanne Kleefkens; Mary and Jim Young; Margaret
MdcMillan; Michael, Inez and William Plucker; Ed
and Lori Herring with Brian, Matt, Angie and Sean;
Duane Davis; Robert Eddy; Bwart Harvey; Harriet
Elich; Carla Elich; Mark Maravilla; Marvin Ever-
est; Dorothy Rohr; All Richardson and family; Neil
and Tammy Doherty with Neil and Lindsey; Paul
Baker and Muggins; Beth Baker; Cynthia and Brian
McLaughlin with Marshall and Nathan; Margaret and
Clark Teegarden; Katy and Roger Adams; Mary Ellen
and Melina Knoop; Patricia and Henry Cruz; Jan
Huff; Chuck Nelson; John and Garnett McLaughlin,
Jan (McLaughlin) Roush and Carl with Tyler and
Kyle; Lester and Billie (Marsh) Wallace with David
and Steven; Joe Stephenson with Lorie and Jeff;
Jerry Hannigan; Martha Hoskins with Michael; Mar-
jorie Scheve; Nancy Slover, Dan and Susie Wells;
Louisa and Jim Duffus; Bob and Shelly Day; Earl
and Fran Alnquist; Susan and Hank Goldman with
Erik and Benjamin; Warren and Ellen Lyman; Mounyen
(Lyman) and Arthur Clifton with Jimmny and lan;
Debbie (Lyman) and Jim Burge with Ben, Hila Brad
and Christina; Susan (Lyman) Bentley; Bob and Pat-
ty Berg; John and Michelle Bundy; Mike and Susie
Collins with Kristin; Betty and McRoy Hoverter;
Tom and Evelyn Snider with Kirsten and Brother;
Larry Barkema; Chuck and Linda Lusky with Marya
and Andrew; Allen Richardson; Joan (Reid) and Ran-
dy Geraci; Dell and Donna Bunnell, Don and Sandi
Seymour; Mike and Barbara Hoyne; Elizabeth Engman;
Juvenal and Cindy Jovet; Tim and Jillayne Streeter
Lee and Kathy Snider; Jim and Sherry Hansen; Mari-
lyn and Roger Crabbs; Lincoln and Lori (Allen)
Gayagas and in-laws; Cheryl Drake with Crystal and
Missing was Martha Wood, your reporter who is
recovering from surgery in Florida.
Floyd W. Baker
Where Are You?
THE SECRETARY NEEDS ADDRESSES
The Secretary needs the new addresses of those
listed below. If their address is wrong, they will
not get a Canal Record, so they won't be able to
read this so friends, please let them know their
new address is not in our files:
Dale E. Hickman
OUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA IS: F
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P.O. Box 1508
PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682-1508
Mr. Ingmar G. Engdahl
Mr. Ronald H. Enoch
Mr. Gerald R. Smith
Mr. Alexis Morris
Canal Services Division
Management Information Sys.
10 years 02 months 08 days
18 years 10 months 06 days
23 years 05 months 19 days
24 years 04 months 09 days
ARMY U.S. RETIREES
Gary L. Collins was erroneously reported as retired on June 18, 1987 in the last issue. Mr. Collins is
still employed and wished the statement retracted.
4th generation Zonians
There seems to be some clarification needed as
to a 4th Zonian. It was requested that first and
last names be listed in defending order. This has
been omitted in some of our replies. Those replies
will not be published at this time in order that
they may amend or complete their listing as re-
quested. A 4th generation lineage should look like
(1)Great grandfather or Great grandmother
(2) Grandfather or Grandmother
(3) Father or Mother
(4) Son(s) or Daughter(s)
Those of you who sent letters stating they are
4th generation Zonians, and which are not printed
here, please amend or add the additional names,
first and last, so they can be printed in the fol-
(1) Charles C. Little, Manager of the Miraflores
(2) Charles N. Little, former engineer for P.C.,
married Margaret (Marge) Brainard, had two
son, Richard (Dick) and Norman (Bugs).
(3) C. Norman Little II, former Detective Sergeant
at Balboa. Married Pauline M. Schriftgieser.
(4) Mary E. Little (Mel) married Theodore Henter
Jr. (Ted). Lynn Cecilia Little married Karl
Nehring. Lorraine M. Little, formerly Mrs.
Larry D. Ainsworth. Suzanne C. Little, widow
of Jeff Nolan. Cynthia N. Little married
George D. Eggleston. Charles N. Little III
married Lisa Martico (1987). Julius Edmond
Schriftgieser Little (Jes) named after mat-
(5) Emily Rose and Elizabeth R. Henter. Jennifer
L., Karl J. and Kevin M. Nehring. Pauline M. and
Larry D. II Ainsworth. G. Dale and Lorraine
(1) Burton H. Mead (Deceased) Retired from the
Panama Canal Co. in early 1950's with close
to 35 years of service.
(2) David F. Mead of St. Petersburg, Florida. Ret-
from the Panama Canal Co. in 1976 with close
to 40 years service.
(3) Burton F. Mead of Balboa, Rep. of Panama. Cur-
rently working for the Panama Canal Commis-
sion with 29 years of service.
(4) Burton F. Mead II and Keith P. Mead. Both BHS
graduates, now living in Tallahassee, Fla.
(1) Albert Terwilliger, an original pilot with PC
when opened in 1914. Ret. in 1932.
(2) Albert G. Terwilliger, school in Empire, also
PC pilot, ret. 1955.
(3) Albert George Terwilliger, born Ancon, CHS'42,
(4) Cindy (Terwilliger) Prine, CHS'66, lives in
Wash. D.C.; Cathy (Terwilliger) Cooke, CHS'72
lives in Gainesville, FL.; Ann (Terwilliger)
Hall, CHS'72, resides Palm Bay, FL.
(1) Peter Hall, (Pre-Canal era) lived and worked
at Empire, worked for reservoir 1909.
(2) Norine (Hall) Kaufer married Louis Kaufer.
(3) Theodore L. Kaufer Sr. (Ted) married Anita.
(4) Vickie Kaufer Garrison, Sandy Kaufer Severson,
Norine L. Kaufer, Theodore L. Kaufer Jr.(Ted)
Rutherford Stroop Sr.
Edward Stroop Jr.
Rutherford Stroop III.
Edward Stroop III.
(1) William Sudron, Englishman boilermaker during
(2) Vera M. Sudron Jeffries Aitken Lovelady,
(3) Curtis B. Jeffries, grandson.
(4) Clayton S. Jeffries, Christopher L. Jeffries,
Jennifer S. Jeffries, Kelly M. Jeffries.
James J. Johnson, Panama Railroad 1910.
Ruth P. (Johnson) Rose, daughter.
Ruth P. (Rose) Foster, granddaughter, Dunnel-
Scott F. Foster, great-grandson
William C. Foster II, great-great-grandson
Eric Lee Foster, great-great-grandson.
Daniel Scott Foster, great-great-grandson.
Harry C. and Mary B. Wertz
Fred Leonard Wertz and Lillie Agnew Wertz
Dorothy Wertz Cotton and Arthur T. Cotton
Fred Arthur Cotton, born Colon Hospital.
Dorothy L. Cotton (Manthorne) born Colon Hosp.
Nancy G. Cotton, deceased 1981, Margarita Hosp
First generation: Grandparents Alphonsus Leo Kerr
went to the Canal Zone on March 4, 1907, worked as
a conductor on the railroad until retirement on
February 20, 1930. Grandmother Ella Kerr arrived
later in 1907 with three children, one of whom was
Second generation: Florence Kerr Mallett, retired
from Payroll Division, P.C.C. in 1967.
Third generation: Jeanne Mallett Wheeler, born in
Gorgas Hospital. Retired from Industrial Division
of P.C.C. in 1974.
Fourth generation: All 5 children of Jeanne, Rob-
ert W. Wheeler, BHS'64; Sharon A. Wheeler Baker,
BHS'65; Franje Marie Wheeler Partik, CHS-69; Ray
W. Wheeler, Jr. Junior year in CHS on parents' re-
tirement; Oscar A. Wheeler would have been first
year at CHS after retirement in '74.
Four generation picture taken when first child,
Robert was baptized in Pedro Miguel.
(Standing) Florence and Adam Mallett,
grandparents. (Seated) A.L. Kerr, Jeanne
Wheeler with baby Robert Wheeler after
Baptismal, and Ella Kerr, great-grand-
parents. June 1945.
1. Linden William Foster, arrived June, 1926.
2. Harry D. Foster, arrived February 1927.
3. Harry D. Foster, Jr.
Evelyn D. (Foster) Dishong
4. William P. Dishong
Jonkopings Westra Tandsticksfabriks
CANAL IONE MATCHES
MADE IN SWEDEN
EXPRESSLY FOR THE
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My grandparents' three children were all born
during the construction period. Olive M. Orr and
Earl Franklin Orr had three children:
Juanita N. Orr, 1909, (in poor health).
Earl C. Orr, 1911 (deceased)
Elmer B. Orr, 1912, (deceased) my father.
My father was born in Colon; Juanita was born
Kathy Orr Keenan
While reading and enjoying the latest Canal
Record, we noticed a "bit" on page 9 asking about
My husband qualifies as he was born at Gorgas
Hospital September 30, 1914.
His father Ralph B. Smith, Sr., worked for the
Isthmian Canal Conmission starting March 2, 1908,
with a few breaks in service until April 17, 1918.
His father was a machines and steam engineer end-
ing his service in the Canal Zone as a Leading Man
We attend the Northwest reunion each Fall and
are amazed at the number of folks attending from
Bremerton and nearby.
We enjoy our membership and the Canal Record.
Ralph B. and Helen M. Smith
Charlie Heim of Crestline, California, kindly
provided the information that his sister, Louise
Saum (Heim) was another member born during the
construction days October 3, 1911, at Gorgona,
Mrs. Saum now resides at 5000 Gulf Boulevard,
Apartment 302, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton, of 4609 Winona Ave.,
San Diego, California, was born July 8, 1909 in
Gorgona, Canal Zone.
Dorothy married Arthur T. Cotton in Cristobal,
Canal Zone on May 12, 1930, and will celebrate
their 58th wedding anniversary May 12, 1988!
No, I'm not afraid of stating my age I was
born in the "old" Ancon Hospital on August 7, 1911
making me 76 last month.
My parents were Hans P. Fransen and Wilhelmina
Fransen. They left the Isthmus in 1932 in retire-
ment and went to Tampa, Florida to live. My father
was a Roosevelt Medal holder and passed away in
1948; my mother in 1952.
Wilhelmina Fransen Bohan
3840 Sturbridge Dr.
Hope Mills, NC 28348
him with a set of woods for his golf club collect-
ion and a new recliner chair. He also received a
handsome plaque, made in the technical division
"The friends I have made and the progress I
have seen at Wallace College will always have a
very special place in my life," Sherlock said. "I
look forward now to having more time to spend with
my family and lots of golf."
(Bill has helped many of the Canal Zone stu-
dents who have enrolled at Wallace College).
DEAN RETIRING AFTER 15 YEARS AT
DOTHAN Technical Dean Bill Sherlock is retiring
after 15 years at Wallace College.
He was honored recently with a reception on the
campus and with a dinner at a Daleville restau-
Under his leadership, the technical division
curriculum has been strengthened and admission is
now by quarter only.
Programs have been added in agricultural prod-
uction and medical assistance, as well as a course
in specialized electronics technology. The latter
teaches basic electronics to students enrolled in
auto mechanics, body and fender repair and small
High tech equipment and instruction have also
been added to the drafting, electricity, auto
mechanics and machine shop classes...
...A native of Virginia, Sherlock grew up in
the Panama Canal Zone as the son of a military
man. He attended junior college there and joind
the Air Force at 19. He obtained his bachelor's
degree while in the military and retired after 30
years service. His master's degree is from Troy
(Bill's father, Thomas Sherlock, was an umpire
for many years in the Canal Zone and was a Warrent
Officer stationed at Quarry Heights and Albrook
Field. Bill graduated from BHS in 1940 and from
CZJC in 1942. He left the Isthmus in 1942. Ed.)
He joined the faculty of Wallace College as
a technical counselor, later becoming assistant
dean and then advancing to the dean's position.
On his retirement, fellow employees presented
BRIDGE OF AMERICAS CELEBRATES
by Susan K. Stabler
On Columbus Day, October 12, the Bridge of the
Americas will celebrate its 25th birthday. Built
at a cost of $20 million, its construction was one
of the principal mandates of the Rem6n-Eisenhower
Treaty and Memorandum of Understanding signed be-
tween the Republic of Panama and United States in
1955. Under the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty, it was
formerly turned over to Panama.
Construction was initiated with a ceremony in
December 1958, but the actual work didn't begin
until almost a year later. Altogether, the bridge
was approximately three years in the making. In
May of 1962, a much-written-about-and photographed
70-foot steel beam was raised, finally joining the
east and west sections. For the next few months
until the bridge was opened, construction workers
tied up the loose ends.
. ..-- *
The Thatcher Ferry Bridge nearing com-
pletion in 1961, with a span of over one
mile and clearance of 201 feet at high
The bridge replaced the Thatcher Ferry service,
which for 30 years had provided transportation be-
tween the east and west banks of the Canal. Yet,
the new throughway did far more than link the two
banks. The Panama Canal Review of October 5, 1962,
published just days before the bridge's inaugura-
tion, described the bridge as a uniting element
between "Two parts of a country, two continents,
two peoples and, soon, the two parts of the
world's greatest highway system."
Elmer B. Stevens, the resident engineer on the
construction project, described the bridge as a
cantilever, tied arch combination. Although the
central portion is a suspended span because of the
way it is attached to the adjacent cantilevers,
the bridge is not a suspension bridge.
Bridge of the Americas
Stevens wrote that the bridge was one of the
largest "South of the Border," but that it did not
rank high among the large bridges of the world. In
comparison with other cantilever bridges, "its
main span of 1,128 feet is less than two-thirds
that of the world's largest cantilever bridge,"
which spanned the St. Lawrence River at Quebec.
The height, however, is another matter. Dicttated
by shipping requirements rather than terrain, its
201 feet above high water places it among the
highest bridges in the world.
If you're heading off to Panama's interior this
long weekend and will be returning home over the
bridge on Monday, why not toot your horn as you
rise over the Canal and wish the bridge a happy
The Pana Canal Spilhay
October 9, 1987
idents who lived many years in the Rep-
ublic of Panama on learning the suspend-
ing publication of the "Star & Herald"
effective October 5, 1987.
For many of us, the "Star & Herald"
was always our paper which not only fur-
nished us with world news, but also pub-
lished our school events, our sports,
our patriotic exercises, and our social
notes! in fact, we got all the support
We in the ex-Canal Zone know so well
Don Tomas Gabriel, Don Alejandro, Lucho
Noli, the Buntings, McGeachys, Flynns,
Kirklands, Perez, etc. Some of us have
already gone and now the "Star & Herald"
In behalf of many of us, thanks for
a job well done!
Frank A. Baldwin
APO Miami 34002
cc: Panama Canal Record
Star & Herald
October 4, 1987
PANAMAA" PADDLE CO. NEWS RELEASE
We are glad to announce that "Panama" Paddle
Co. of Dothan, Alabama will manufacture a com-
pletely new line of canoe paddles and are hoping
they will be on the market in time for Christmas
through a National Distributor, or by Spring at
We will feature our "Top of the Line"..'"Panama"
and "Amazon" authentic reproductions as our first
We will also feature our "Chagres River Series"
the "Gamboa"..3 sizes, the "Gatun"..3 sizes, and
the "Hummingbird Kayak,"..2 sizes.
We will also feature a three-paddle Mini Pad-
dles, 2'6" being the "Cayuco", the "Montezuma" and
the "Cajun Piroque."
SAD, SAD NEWS
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Panama, R.P. October 3, 1987
Mr. Jos6 Gabriel Duque V.
Star & Herald
Panama City, Republic of Panama
Dear Mr. Duque:
It was indeed a sad day for many of
the present and past United States res-
We are presently developing our "Pacific" Ser-
ies, which will be also authentic reproductions of
the "Hawaiian", "Tahitian", "Maoris" and "Philip-
All our paddles will be of top quality and made
of single piece light Honduran mahogany construct-
ion and decorated with color decals designed for
the "Panama" and "Amazon" series. Our paddles will
be highly functional, works of art, collector's
items and suitable for hanging.
I sincerely hope you will honor me with your
Larry N. McGahhey, Owner
106 Sycamore St.
Dothan, AL 36301
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BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967
CANAL ZONE MEMORIES
Growing up CZ-style? Muddy football in the rain
or fishing on the causeway, stopping at the Amer-
ican Legion kitchen to buy a pound of peeled and
cooked shrimp for 350 (which were both bait and
lunch!)...or fishing from the Yacht Club pier at
night. Exploring the ruins of Old Panama, Ft. San
Lorenzo and Portobello (just about everyone had an
old Spanish cannonball laying around), finding
crosses from the French Cemetary at Paraiso and
climbing to the cross on Taboga Island. Has anyone
played ringalevio since they left the Zone? Or had
a Christmas tree burn, sleeping out with the trees
so they wouldn't be stolen by rival neighborhoods?
On her way to Panama after the Reunion,
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead (BHS'41) is
wished Bon Voyage by former Empire St.
neighbor, Joan (Ridge) deGrummond."
Richard A. Wainio (BHS'68), Chief, Eco-
nomic Research and Development Division,
Panama Canal Commission, Guest Speaker
at the Annual Luncheon, with Robert L.
Dill, Roosevelt Medal holder.
Growing up CZ-style? Although we also lived in
both Diablo and Los Rios, I've always considered
myself a Balbodian...from our first quarters in
Williamson Place (the twelve-families are all gone
now!) to Gavilan Area (remember Santa Claus Lane?)
to Tavernilla Street, leading steeply up Sosa Hill
between the clubhouse and the bank. Just over the
top of the hill, we lived in a thick-walled, high
ceilinged white four-family (circa 1917), with an
orange-tiled roof, carports beneath (and laundry
tubs and maid's bathroom) and a huge back yard
with a quaint banyan tree (onto which we of course
tied a rope swing). It was only a few minutes to
run up to the playground on the hilltop over the
Balboa Pool, but it took a lot longer to climb
Sosa Hill itself (the view of Balboa and the docks
was fantastic, especially when ships such as the
USS Constellation or the HMS Bounty were
0 0 0 0
Ahh! the smell of burning grass, as once again
the Fire Department was beaten to their task of
Burning the Hill...this same hill, with the large
"B" hacked out of its sawgrass every year to let
stadium-goers know who was gonna win!
From Sosa we looked straight across to the
Administration Building and its terraced slopes,
which were fun to climb on a bicycle, turning at
the top, flying down toward the Fire Station or
the Monument (remember the bicycles of those days?
Fat balloon tires, streamlined tanks with head-
lights built in? Bicycles so solidly built that
you could ride DOWN THE STEPS if you dared!). The
Admin with its giant American flag, loomed high
over Balboa Elementary (with its cork-screw slide
on the upper playground, the swings and the merry-
go-round on the lower...the Admin, Dymbol of Auth-
ority, backing up this young Elementary School
Patrol Crossing Guard, with his white belt and
shiney chromed badge, this young student of Mrs.
Luhr, Mrs. Long, the fabulous Mrs. "Pete" Johnson!
Schools? I attended Balboa Elementary, La Boca
Elementary, the old wooden Diablo Elementary, the
new Diablo Elementary, back to Balboa Elementary,
then on to Diablo Junior High (the "old" elemen-
tary school), BHS, Canal Zone College (the "old"
La Boca Elementary!). Our class missed the "new"
Curundu Jr. High, of course.
Marion and Tom Rice, Los Angeles, Ca.
Football games and pep rallies and the ROTC
Honor Guard and riding the train to games at CHS..
. walking to school, down tavernilla Street, pas-
sing in front of the clubhouse (smell the bakery?)
crossing Balboa Road between the Theater and the
Comny, then on past the stadium and the bowling
alley to the gate behind the gym (then, for six
awful weeks, turning around and going back to
first-period swimming at Balboa Pool!) Dating (the
Balboa Theater: the scene of my first kiss!) and
discovering that fifty miles was nothing if you
were dating a CHS girl...although there was noth-
ing wrong with the beauties of BHS (I can't wait
to see you all again!).
And BHS fearful freshmen, acting cool, yet
walking wide around the Plaque...hearing of the
Kennedy assassination while in 5th period English.
...being "invited" to visit with Mr. Knick...de-
fending our flag, sleeping out at the school and
being interviewed and photographed, then sneaking
into Ancon to watch the fighting on 4th of July
Avenue (later making motorbike runs to the Club-
house for cigarettes and burgers for the GI's).
Eating lunch at the Balboa Clubhouse (French-fries
with gravy! 250 burgers, with buttered buns!). All
the "cool" people sat in front by the stairs,
smoking Winstons and Marlboros (190 a pack!). The
girls had page-boy or bee-hive hairdos and wore
circle pins to show they were "good," while guys
wore pointed shoes with pin-striped shirts, with
button-down collars, rolled-back sleeves and
"fruit-loops" on the box pleats...until the Beatle
influence reached the Zone, and later the "hippie"
bell-bottoms, love beads and peace symbols. There
was no formal dress code; some teachers made us
wear socks, and others didn't care, so we took
them off or put them on in the classroom doorways
- and wore them hanging from our back pockets in
protest! Dancing at the teen clubs (Clayton the
best!) to the Beach Boys and Beatles. Back when
Stevens Circle was a square, there was a soda
fountain at the back of the Clubhouse near the
restrooms and the door to the pool; it was a great
place for a cherry coke before the movie, or after
reading the magazines in the racks, or listening
to new 45's in the Record Section.
Californians Barbara (LeBrun) Kiley,
(BHS'47) and her brother, Charles LeBrun
(BHS'45) thrilled to be with so many
Today's Balboa is similar in many respects, but
gone are the Commissary Annex, Men's Wear, House-
wares, clubs like the Elks and K of C; the Police
Station and the gas station and train station are
different now (where's "old 299")...as are the
Like the classes before us, we watched and rem-
inisced and lamented about "the good old days," as
new buildings went up and offices were transferred
and old buildings torn down (except in Cocoli)...
when everything was how it was supposed to be! The
Tivoli's day has come and gone.. .Thatcher Ferry
and the Miraflores swing bridge has gone the way
of Empire and Red Tank.
This family made it to the Reunion! Fred
and Terry Watkins with children, Michael
and Jennifer; Marsha (Watkins) and Keith
with children, Jason and Adam. Who are
the rest, Peanut?
But this latest change was The Big One... a
change of people, people who now are scattered
across the U.S. and the world.. .Zonians of whose
names bring back the memories of things shared in
places we miss! Zonians who, arriving in the U.S.
in droves after 1979, have continued to amaze and
confuse the gentle folk who grew up Stateside...
people who've never experienced the Causeway on a
Sunday afternoon, or Contractor's Hill, or Tuesday
night at the Yacht Club, beaches like Santa Clara,
PiNa or Rio Mar, or "J" Street (and places like
the Ancon Inn, the Red Coat or the Foxhole, to
name only the more decent ones!).
The Canal Zone is a State of Mind, it's said.
And in our minds forever are our memories of good
times growing up El Valle, Santa Clara, Rio Mar,
Chorerra Falls, Gorgona, hidden beaches like La
Playa de Anton west of Rio Hato, the Zone beaches
like the Officers' Club Beach at Amador, Far-fan
and Venado beaches just across the Bridge (remem-
ber the Thatcher Ferry and its nickel rides?);
hanging out at the stables (whether at Curundu,
Albrook or Kobbe) with girlfriends who had horses;
the Observatory on Friday night; Sunnit Gardens
and the Forest Preserve; dances in the upper gym;
pizza at the Napoli or Capri and slot machines at
the Panama Hilton and the Continental and slipping
into Maxim's for a strip show (at age 14!) and go-
ing anywhere and everywhere on a chiva ( Parada!)
for a nickel.
I just watched a videotape of the 34th Ocean-to
Ocean Cayuco Race in April '87 (my younger brother
was in "Scenic Route" which got the Sportsmanship
Award they had to drop out following a slight
accident), and some things have never changed. The
tape was made by Panama's channel 5 and was in
Spanish, but the announcer had no problems with
the Zonian's names names we grew up with!).
Speaking of my youngest brother; he just grad-
uated (BHS '87), ending 30 years of Furlongs in
the CZ School system! I guess his 20 year reunion
will be held in conjunction with our 40th...(!).
Gathering of long-time friends: Alice
Fairbrother and DeWitt (Bud) Myers,
Eddie and Catherine (Whelan) Filo, and
daughter Katie Woods; their son, Eddie,
Jr. and his wife Becky, and Steve Car-
Mildred and Joe Hickey, and Margaret
(Ridge) Coffey (BHS/CHS'52) at the An-
Well, a few parting images: trade winds on a
hot afternoon, the Chagres, royal palms along the
Preado, 4th of July Avenue (Avenida de los Mar-
tires?), the Balboa Yacht Club, the legendary Blue
Goose, wontons from the YMCA, empanadas from the
Clubhouse and ceviche from anywhere; the Halfway
House on the way to the beach (the only stop after
the checkpoint at Arraijan); partying at the Drive
Inn or The Point or Cocoli Lake; the Owl Show at
Diablo Theater; threats of "Corozal" when people
weirded out; swimming at K-9 ( I still have some
snapshots of some rope swingers there!); window
shopping on Central Avenue; eating came en palito
(grilled mystery meat) and picking out lottery
tickets; and all the best people at one of the
best damned schools ever...
Now for a dinner of corbina, or arroz con pollo
or sancocho with yucca and iguana anything, as
long as there are plenty of fried or baked plan-
tain and hot "micha" bread! I'd even go for a Cuba
Libre with Ron Cortez (but you can keep your Seco
Herrerano!). Or maybe I'll just wander over to the
Yacht Club and give Harry or Davis a buck for two
fix-them-yourself hot dogs, a cold cerveza and a
tip. And tomorrow for breakfast, an empanada and
a Coke! (Dream on...).
It's not easy being a Zonian, but somebody's
gotta do it....
Your Reporter Says .....
After a hot sunnier, we are looking forward to
some cool weather which is already beginning to
creep into the State. We have had no rain for
about six weeks. I think I will go out and start
an Indian rain dance as we need it badly.
Stella Nita had Ralph and Dorothy Henderson
from St. Clairsville, Ohio as house guests. They
have been friends since the Canal Zone Days.
Stella is very proud to announce that daughter,
Mary Ann (Mania) Nita was made Chief of Library
Technical Resources Center with the Canal
Joe and Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt started off
their summer with a three week trip to Nuernberg,
Germany to visit their son and family, Joe and
Darleen (Woodruff) and granddaughters, Lisa,
Joanne and Kelly. Joe, Jr., is a Major in the
U.S. Army and is Commander of the Regional Per-
sonnel Center in Nuernberg. While the girls were
in school, the four adults took a week to tour
Berchteagaden Area. They enjoyed the "Sound of
Music" tour into Salzburg, Austria. (Now when
their grandchildren play it on the video for the
"Umpteenth" time they will enjoy watching the
movie and reliving their tour). The tour to
Hitler's Eagles Nest was another highlight of
their trip. It was spectacular scenery up to that
6020 ft. mountain. Just to be with Joe, Jr., and
Darleen was a pleasure in itself. They returned
to their son's home and had a great time visiting
with their granddaughters. The weather was cold
and rainy but it did not stop them from taking
some side trips with their family to Heidelberg
where they (Joe, Jr., and Darleen) had lived for
a year and a half and to Rothenburg for its his-
torical Pentecost weekend.
After the Hunts returned to Dothan and a couple
weeks of rest, they had visits from their daugh-
ters and families from Panama. Jacque arrived
first and brought a house guest, Ted Arias, Jr.,
and his two sons, Trey and Donovan. Next was
Jerri and Jim Farnsworth, Noelle and Brooke. Jim
golfed while here with "fellas" from Panama who
were visiting here in Dothan with their families..
Jack Hem and Jeff Riley, also with Curtis
SchMarzrock whose son was here to play in the
Future Masters Golf Tournament. They had expected
Janet and Norman Watkins, Leanne, Natalie and
Wayne after Jerri and family left but they sur-
prised us and came two days early. They had a
full house for a couple of days but it was fun...
"so they say!" (Reporter's comment). After July
was over, their house was quiet.
Joe's brother, Jack Hunt, visited in September
for a week. Would you believe that he had just
come from visiting another Joe Hunt (no relation)
who lives in North Carolina and who graduated
from Balboa High School in 1946 with Jack. They
finally got back together after all these years.
The Hunts are looking forward to spending their
Christmas holidays in Panama once again.
Freeland and Mary Hollowell had as house guests
Les and Margaret Rinehart of Panama preceding the
wedding of laurie (Hollowell) and Mike Rinehart
on August 29th. Also visiting was Mary's sister,
Susan Edwards of Burbank, California. Susan is
already planning her wedding for next May. Other
family attending the wedding were Bobby and Pat
Adams, Pete and Mary lou Lang, "Aunt" Mina Dee,
Lois Jones and her son, Richard, and nephew,
Jason. Out-of-town friends attending the wedding
were Dave and Jamie Kelleher, Patty (Kelleher)
Arosemena; Louis and Cheryl Sullivan; Mr. and Mrs.
Bob Peters, Jeanne and Bill Carlin. Mary and
Freeland were so happy to see so many of their
Canal Zone friends from afar and the local ones
who attended the wedding reception. Their son,
David, caught the bride's garter maybe another
Pete and Mary Lou Lang and "Aunt" Mina Dee
stayed over an extra day with the Hollowells. They
watched the video tape which Mary lou so gra-
ciously took of the wedding and reception. Laurie
and Mike lucked out with that beautiful recording
of their wedding day.
Our October monthly luncheon held at the Olym-
pia Spa was a special one with so many guests most
of whom were either participating in the Panama
Canal Golf Classic or came with their husbands who
were playing in the tournament. The hostesses
were Virginia Harvey, Wilma Kennerd and Doris
Etchberger. Helen Shapiro also helped the
hostesses. Those attending from out-of-town were
Betty Snow, Ann Terwilleger, Elsie Willett,
Laverne Larrabee, Annie Rathgeber, Mary Lou lang,
Mina Dee, Marie Collins, Caroline Johnson,
Margaret Alley Brogini, Jeannine Carlin Mrs. Bill
Bingham and daughter; Dottie Trim, Maggie Dalton,
Elsie Willett, Rita Johnson, Marian Greed, Shirley
Bruce, Virginia Blount, Frances Cnman and Lois
Smith. Everyone who attended had a great time.
Our annual Christmas dinner dance will be held
on Thursday, December 17, at the Sheraton Inn in
Dothan. Socializing and open bar from 6 to 7 p.m.
Dinner 7 to 8 p.m., and dancing after.
We will have a picnic at Onmussee Park
(Columbia, AL) on November 12th. All are welcome.
Our condolences go to the sons of Jean Harris
who vas such a dear friend to all.. .Marshall, John
and Mickey Harris. Jean will certainly be missed
by all who knew her.
We wish Frances Sanpsell our Lord's blessing
and health as she leaves Dothan to make her home
in Cleveland, Tenn. to be near her family. We
will miss you Frances.
Eddie and I and all of the other Dothanites
wish all a most blessed and healthy holiday.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
How our Panama Canal Society of Arizona is
growing, and what fun we all have at our get-
togethers! On October 10, 1987, at the Casa Grande
Arizona City Ramada Inn, we had over forty-one
persons attending our fall luncheon meeting. (Some
failed to sign the register and were therefore not
Those attending included Coral Ann Strickler,
Beverly (Englebright) Fraim, Ted and Fmma Engle-
bright, Alan and Natalia (Bender) Broderick, B.J.
Caldwell and Glen Jones, Dr. Bob and Evelyn Math-
eney, Col. Ed and Grace MacVittie, Cecilia Wensing
Marcella Shauer, Peggy Bradley, Lydia Czapek,
Charles and Ann (Trimble) Parks, Ken and Wanda
Middleton, Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox, Dolores
White, Veronica and John Mutsch, Mr. and Mrs. H.
Loring White, Louisa and Alexandria Cottini, Carl
and Patty Berg, Conrad and Norma Horine, Fern
(Horine) Dabil, Ruth and Arthur Smith, Goodrich
and Nancy Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Relihan,
Hazel (Griffith) Berry and Rachel Martindale. Dol-
ores White came from Houston and the Horines from
Caldwell with Ken Mid-
of Pedro Miguel, at the
Hazel (Griffith) Berry, Arizona Society
Secretary/Treasurer, at the Arizona
Following the hot and cold buffet luncheon, our
program speaker was B.J. Caldwell who was invited
by the Program Director, Danny Cox, with Ken Mid-
dleton's assistance. Ms. Caldwell is one of the
seventh highest-rated gemologists in the country
today, and has her own appraisal business, a de-
luxe jewelry store, and gem laboratory in Tucson.
She is also a manufacturing jeweler and designer
and a colleague of Ken Middleton in the Gem and
Lapidary Society here. If that were not enough,
Ms. Caldwell is charming, witty and looks like a
top-rank cover girl!
Needless to say, with all that going for her,
B.J. gave a very informative and entertaining talk
on diamonds, pearls and other gems; then she gra-
ciously identified gems for people who were not
sure of what some of their stones were, and gave
advice on comparative prices and proper care and
cleaning of jewels, assisted by Ken. She also dis-
played life-sized replicas of world famous dia-
monds including the largest uncut diamond ever
found: the Cullinan, over a pound in weight before
cutting. For the benefit of those who read this,
the uncut diamond looks like a greasy piece of
glass if you are lucky enough to find one! B.J.
had the audience in the palm of her hand and could
have talked at length without losing interest. It
was very garcious of her to give us her time.
Our next luncheon meeting is planned for the
same location in April, 1988 probably the third
Saturday. It will be announced in early 1988 Canal
Ed MacVittie, Ted Englebright and H.
Loring White at the luncheon.
Our Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger was unable to
attend the luncheon as she went to Arkansas this
summer to visit her mother and step-father, Minnie
and Eldridge Burton. She really enjoyed seeing
them and was happy to find them well and active.
Janet (Adkins) Hefferan was unable to attend
because of her heavy 7-day a week work schedule.
She has left the hotel business to become the
administrative Secretary for the Director of Nur-
sing/Planning at the U. of Arizona Medical Center
in Tucson, which is currently short-handed.
She writes that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray-
mond Adkins are still living in Wallace, N.C., and
that Mrs. Margaret Morris ('Mo" to many friends)
is residing in Panama with her son and daughter-
in-law, Charlie and Julia Morris. This past summer
Marnie Morris and Janet met in Tucson for lunch
along with their daughters, Ariane Hefferan and
Holly Hanesworth. Marnie and Janet went to school
together in the Canal Zone; the Hanesworths -
Holly, Dan, Brooks and Marnie live in Piano, Texas
now. Janet and Ariane often visit with Shirley Ann
(Ransome) Hartman and her family, Mac, Brian and
Dale in Casa Grande, Ariz. Janet and Shirley at-
tended BHS together; Brian just graduated from the
U. of Arizona, and Dale is also enrolled at the U.
Ariane Hefferan and Holly Hanesworth,
Summer 1987. Ariane born in Gorgas Hosp-
ital March 30, 1973.
I received a lovely, friendly letter from my
Pedro Miguel childhood friend, John J. McGuire,
who is now Coordinator for the Educational Com-
munications Department of a school in central Pen-
nsylvania. He and his family live in State Col-
lege, Pa. Knowing that Danny and I along with
Bob Hazeldine and others in a group plan a cruise/
tour in Panama, the Darien, the Perlas, San Bias,
etc. during Carnaval in February, 1988, he help-
fully offered some tips he had learned while re-
visiting Panama in 1980. Among his tips: watch out
for the date on camera film purchased there as it
may be outdated or nearly so. Kodak Store on Cen-
tral Ave. sells fresh film. Cab drivers do not
expect to be tipped, but they operate on a zone
system, not distance. Spanish is frequently neces-
sary. "Mugging" is a problem. Strangers warned him
not to enter some side streets in Panama. Pedro
Miguel has been torn down and rebuilt with single
family units. The Clubhouse, pool and ball diamond
are no more; houses have been built there. The
grass is so high at the beginning of Frog Alley
that he couldn't see the lake.
After becoming a teacher, it was not surprising
that John was put in charge of Ed. Comm; he was
quite a journalist as a boy and was editor of the
BHS newspaper for years.
Charles and Ann Parks returned recently from a
visit to Port St. Lucie, Fl. where they visited
their four children and eight grandchildren. While
there, they helped celebrate the birthdays of son,
Charles; daughter, Lisa Boatwright, and eldest
grandchild, Jeanne Marie Boatwright, who just
turned thirteen. Son, James and daughter, Susan
Casis, both reside in Port St. Lucie with their
families also. The Parks are also thrilled with a
new grandson. (See Births, this Record).
Peggy Bradley of Tucson, formerly of Pedro Mig-
uel, hasd a lovely sunner visiting her sisters,
Martha (Bradley) Wood and Peggy Bradley) London in
Washington state. Peg and Martha (Mopsy) then
drove to Florida to visit Mopsy's daughter. Peggy
returned alone while Mopsy extended her stay for
several weeks, having surgery. The last we heard,
Mopsy had recovered very nicely, we are grateful
Speaking of Florida, Donna (Dickson) Dondan-
ville, my sister, is really having a ball out
there since she moved there in April from Colo-
rado. Donna loves warm weather and is golfing and
dancing up a storm with old friends, many of them
former Panama residents.
Also heard from former classmate, Dr. '"Ned"
Dwelle of Alice Texas. He is still practicing vet-
erinary medicine full-time; he enjoys large animal
practice the most, but still gives time and ef-
forts to the clinic for small animals.
Please, Arizona residents and other friends out
there, keep in touch and keep news coming, with
snapshots when possible. And do try to attend our
spring and fall luncheon/meetings, wherever you
live. Jane (Dickson) Cox
"To everything there is a season, and a time
to every purpose under the heaven:" (KJV,
Ecc.3.1). And so, nature has taken her paintbrush
and boldly stroked every leaf with a riot of
colors! Never have we seen such a brilliant dis-
play on these crisp, cool, sunny days in our area.
Virginia Hursh of Fayetteville has just re-
turned from a ten day visit with her sister and
brother-in-law in San Luis Obispo, California.
She helped them celebrate their 50th wedding anni-
versary and enjoyed meeting many relatives at the
celebration. Virginia was so glad that she re-
turned in time to see the fall colors.
George Lowe from Wilmington, Delaware, picked
up Mary Jo Yaeger from Houston, Texas, to spend
a week with Bates Wieman, in Fayetteville.
Minnie Burton's sister, Mattilee White, has
been staying with her sister since September 8th,
during the period that Mattilee's daughter, Jeanne
(White) McGinn is moving from Albuquerque, New
Mexico to Alexandria, Virginia. The Burtons are
delighted to have her and are really "living it
Mike (Eldridge) Burton is expecting to visit
his son. Mike. Jr., in Birmingham, Alabama in a
JoAnne and Sam Ognibene announced, a bit pre-
maturely perhaps, that they are planning to attend
the Rose Bowl Parade and other allied activities
at Pasadena, California. They have been enjoying
their retired life by doing things they have al-
ways wanted to do. Sam does his "laps" at the
Northwest Athletic Club religiously while Joanne
takes aerobics exercises. Their new address is:
2628 Stagecoach Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Petie and Carl Maedl drove to Minnesota in Sep-
tember to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their
1937 High School class at Cedar Rapids, Minnesota.
They dropped in on Grace and Jim Pfau who live on
Cormorant Lake in Minnesota. The Maedls also
visited their daughter, Pat Krough and son-in-law
Jim and family in Minneapolis. They had a de-
lightful day with Marion and Ted Franklin, former
pastor of the Margarita Union church in the Canal
Zone. The Franklins live in Elks River but work
at the Covenant Manor Retirement Center in Golden
Valley, Minnesota. They had a complete tour of
the area. Son, Steve Franklin, is teaching at
Wheaton College in Illinois.
Esther (Butz) Clair and her husband, Bill, flew
to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to spend a weeks as
guests of Linda (Hellnund) Payne, her husband,
Arthur, and two children. While they were there,
Marsha (Hellmind) Slover and husband, Jinny, with
their three children who were visiting Marsha's
mother and father, Virginia and Russ Hellmund in
nearby Rio Rancho, New Mexico, joined them in many
interesting jaunts. The Slovers still live in
Jacqueline (Whitlock) Werbrouck and Marcel,
from Mishawaka, Indiana, visited her parents,
Francis and Andy lWhitlock in September for ten
day=. Andra Lee Collins from St. Louis, attended
her 40th Class reunion of high school at the Canal
Reunion in Florida, stopping on her way home to
visit the Whitlocks. Son, Paul Whitlock, is ex-
pected in a few days to stay with his parents for
about 10 days.
May your troubles all be little ones and your
Christmas full of good health, happiness and joy.
The annual dinner meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Northwest Arkansas was held October 10,
1987, at Bowen's Cafeteria in Fayetteville, AR.
In attendance were the following:
Keith and Winona York Bud and Betty Balcer
Mary and DIck Condon Sam and Joanne Ognibene
Petie and Carl Maedl Beulah Smithson
Lee and Harvey Butz Addie and Marion Colclasure
Luke and Betty Palumbo Freddie Colclasure
Jessie Newhard From Missouri:
Virginia Favorite Elia and Bobby Stokes
Maxine Reinhold Ralph and Marie Shuey
Bill and Lee Craft From Oklahoma:
Charles and Martha Sweiger Bill and Esther Clair
Not a very big turn-out, but a very enthusi-
astic group. After a very good dinner, a short
business meeting was held. The reports of the
secretary and treasurer were accepted as read.
After a brief discussion on officers for the next
year, Bruce Sanders was unanimously elected Pre-
sident and Mary Condon volunteered to accept the
After a rather trying summer, Jessie Newhard
finally recovered and enjoyed the fall. In Octo-
ber, my sister and her husband drove from Ohio and
visited with me for a week and I returned home
with them. While in Ohio, my other two sisters
visited us and we had a nice reunion.
Ralph and Marie Shuey reported that his sister-
in-law, Evelyn Shuey, moved into a retirement home
in Ocala, Florida (Pinecastle Retirement Home), on
October 9, 1987. Her daughter, Edith Lovell, is
not doing very good. Son, Ralph A. Shuey in
Huntsville, AL, has informed them that our young-
est granddaughter is now in Glasgow, Scotland,
going to school.
Maxine Reinhold spent the summer off and on in
Minnesota selling a house.
Mrs. Karl (Fern) Glass of Diamond City, AR.,
reports that she and her mother, Leona Harris, en-
joyed a trip to the Northwest during April and
May. We visited all friends and relatives along
the way. Relatives included Pat and Kim Mika in
Colorado Springs. Pat spent several years in the
Canal Zone when little. His father, Mike (E.G.)
Mika, of Rogers, AR., was a Canal Zone police
officer for several years on the Atlantic side.
We spent a most enjoyable three weeks with son,
Daniel Glass and Kathy and their children, Karen,
Laura and Luis. We visited Electra Deuermeyer
in Soap Lake, Wash. and with the Jack Rockers,
Jimmy Youngs and Earl Almquists on Cameno Island.
On our arrival back home, daughter, Sylvia and
Mack Landrum, with children Misty and C.M. from
Gatun, Panama, came for a short visit. On June
20, 1987, another great granddaughter, Rebekah Lee
Tervin was born. Proud parents are Mona (Glass)
and Bill Tervin of Clarksville, AR. Grandparents
are Joanna Glass of Fort Smith, AR., and the late
Karl D. Glass..
Addie Colclasure drove to Pittsburgh, PA, to
meet daughter, Marion and returned home. Marion
now has her Masters Degree and teaches at the
Lowell Elementary School Grandson, Danny, is in
the Navy and stationed at Groton, Conn. Other
grandson, Freddie, is doing real good with his
studies at the University of Arkansas in music.
Sisters came from Garden City, Kansas, and all en-
joyed talking about their recent trip to Alaska.
Jack and Joan Corliss had aunt, Sarah Rowley,
of Clearwater, Florida, and her daughter came for
a week and they all enjoyed the various arts and
crafts fairs held during the month of October.
Son, John, now located with Gordon Terminals in
Bayonne, NJ, and daughter, Leslie, is working in
Springdale. Jack and Joan enjoyed the reunion in
Florida and plan to attend next year.
Mary Lou Engelke with daughter, Kathy Crowell,
and children, Erin, Allison and Laurie, drove to
Atlanta, Georgia in July, and all of Mary Lou's
children got together at daughter Margie's home
for a surprise family reunion. Attending were son
Bobby John and wife, Nellie; daughter, Sara; son,
Tonmie and wife, Alice and two children from Bam-
berg, Germany, and daughter, Margie and husband
Charles Gallardo and their two sons. A great time
was had by all. Then on to Florida with son
Tommie and family.
Charles and Ted Barrett spent over night with
Betty McGilberry. Marylin Annen and Jim and Katie
Ames also came by while the Barretts' were here.
The Huffmans Willard and Kathleen headed
for Long Island, NY in their new Chevy Caprice to
visit Kathleen's mother, sister and brother.
Kathleen's mother 90 in November still men-
tally sharp, but confined to a wheel chair. Red
will be taking MS Kathleen out of the lake and
storing her for the winter. Son James is doing
fine in Korea.
Alice and William T. (Red) Nail drove the motor
home to Alexandria, VA, in September through the
Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains to meet Barbara
Androsek who retired as an administrative assist-
ant in the office of electric power regulation
under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
She had sold her townhouse and she and Manx cat
"Chessie" rode back with car in tow. Barbara is
now decorating her townhouse in Prairie Creek
overlooking Beaver Lake and is happy as a lark.
Olin and Sonia Brookins visited for a weekend in
October from Louisville, KY. Brookins was with
the military and also a policeman in the Canal
Pete and Sue Warner had daughter Pam Leidel
from New York for a visit during September. pam
was accompanied by daughter, Katie. Son Robert
with his wife, Leslie and Robert, Jr., from Mobile
Alabama spent a weekend in October.
Marilyn Annen will be attending a conference in
New Orleans and expects to visit son Marty who is
stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet
stationed at Gulfport, Miss.
George and Edith Engelke are doing okay. Son,
Paul, and wife drop by each week to visit them.
Etta Faye Terrell enjoyed two weeks in England
with daughter Andrea and son-in-law Paul Oliver.
They were involved in a wind storm that flattened
parts of London and knocked out electric service
and train and bus service. Really enjoyed the
trip, but was glad to get back home.
Returning home recently from a month spent with
son, Bill, wife, Shirley, and Billy Engelke in
Salinas, CA, was Evelyn Engelke. Highlights of
the trip were a weeks stay at Lak tahoe; a day at
Virginia City; and getting together with friends,
Bob and Lil Seiler; ex-Canal Zone residents also
residents of Salinas. Bob worked for postal ser-
vice and Lil was a telephone operator.
Bud and Betty Balcer had a very satisfying six
week trip to Wales, Scotland and England. We
spent our first night in Crawley. Headed for De-
von and Dorset by way of Winchester, Salisbury,
Wells, Bath and Longleat where monkeys at the wild
animal park damaged our rental car by eating the
trim off the lid of the boot. In Devon, we spent
four nights in a B & B with a thatched roof that
was 500 years old. Also visited both Exmoor and
Dartmoor and got to see the ponies. Then de-
cided to go to Wales on our way to Scotland. Saw
Roman ruins in Caerleon that included an ampith-
eater large enough to seat 5,000 Roman soldiers.
On our way to Scotland, we took in Bronte country,
the Yorkshire Dales including Thirsk where Betty
and I got to chat with Dr. James Wight, otherwise
known as James Herriot. He gave Betty his auto-
graph and really made her day. Continued on to-
wards Glasgow and a visit with our friends, Ella
and Dick Barclay, who we had known from Canal Zone
days. Back toward England through the Lake Dis-
trict and the Cotswolds. Enjoyed shopping at the
Edinburgh Woolen Mill stores. After skirting
London via the Motorway, we spent about a week in
Essex, Kent and Sussex. Enjoyed visiting Hever
and Leeds Castles. Had a very nice B & B in
Sevenoakes which enabled us to travel by train to
London. Also, our visit to Canterbury Cathedral
was one of the highlights of our trip. Met Bruce
and Dorothy Sanders at Dover where they landed af-
ter a three week tour of the continent. As Bruce
had some roots in Scotland, we started North once
again. Journeyed north past Loch Lomond, Loch
Ness and Urquhart Castle without sighting "Nessie"
Then on to Glen Coe, Fort William, Inverness and
Culloden. Then on to Stonehaven and Collander.
Still one more shopping stop at Moffat Mill and
then on to Broadway in the Cotswold for the last
three days of our trip. We were held up at Gat-
wick Airport for over an hour and got away 12
hours late. Missed our connecting flight on arri-
val at Dallas Fort Worth for Tulsa. We got back
to Bentonville tired, but glad to be home.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders spent September in
Europe and the British Isles. They flew from
Dallas to Amsterdam, rode the train from Amsterdam
to Switzerland and back, drove a rented car for
eight days in Switzerland and Italy with a few
miles in Germany. They took a traim from
Amsterdam to Ostende, Belgium to board the Jet-
foil to cross the English Channel to Dover,
Their European trip included a drive along the
Rhine River to a point near Constance, down to St.
Moritz into Italy, and back into Switzerland where
they spent two nights in Marcote. From that point
they made a days jaunt into Como, Italy and the
the Lake Como area. They spent two nights in
Zermatt which included a visit to the Matterhorn,
one night in the Jungfrau at Wengen, three nights
in Lucerne where they visited the famous covered
bridges and the Lion and took a ride on a lake
steamer on Lake Lucerne followed by a cog wheel
ride up Mt. Pilaus and descent via cablecar and
gondola. They drove over two mountain passes at
very high elevations and snow capped mountains and
beautiful valleys. They crossed into Italy at one
point and took a ferry trip with their car over
Lake Maggiore. They took a bus tour of the capi-
tol city of Bern and a drive on to Zurich, Switz-
erland from whence Bruce's great grandfather and
great grandmother Meister had emigrated to Amer-
In Amsterdam, they took a boat ride on the
Canals and a bus tour to Rotterdame, the Haque,
Madurodam and the Delft factory.
They wound up their trip with a two night visit
to BROADWAY in the Cotswolds of England and then
back to the Gatwick air terminal area for return
home. As Lawrence Welk would say, "Wunnerful,
If any group has a greater zest for living than
Zonians, please point them out. Whether it's
luncheons, travels, early friends, or reunions,
all have a faculty for enjoying each moment to the
fullest degree and then some.
As part of the program for the August 2nd pic-
nic luncheon, for instance, Jan Laschinger and Bob
Provost gave a fine presentation of Bajan jokes,
an act which had to joggle the funny bones of many
a Zonian present.
Bob also told us of sister, Lolita (Provost)
Packard's many activities during the sunrmmer. She
and her granddaughters marched in the Huntington
Beach July 4th parade in a clown group and won
first prize in that category. All clowns had
"invisible dogs." Lolita was also a camp coun-
selor for the Girl Scouts of America in Idaho and
went on a wagon train trip while there. She re-
cently took a 30-day tour around South America,
in addition to visiting Australia, New Zealand,
Japan, and China. Try to tap into that energy
source, if you will.
John Hanson made a special effort to get in for
the luncheon after spending about six weeks in
Munich, Germany and a couple of weeks in
Australia, both on business and pleasure. He re-
conmends everyone go to the Deutches Museum in
Munich, a technical museum. He also was en-
thusiastic about a two-month trip through Panama,
driving 3500 miles and seeing places he'd never
seen during childhood, such as the Volcan and
Bouquette. He even took students with him.
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer called about a genealogy
seminar she attended last surfer in Baltimore.
A friend she was helping was researching in a book
on Hartford County, MD and found a fifth great
grandmother as a witness for a wedding. Imagine
their surprise at finding it was the wedding of
one of Catsy's great grandparents.
The Magee family: Susie M. Allen, Anne
M. Severy, Susie Magee, Kathleen Steiner
Bennett, John Magee at the luncheon.
Ida McDade, Jeanne Townsend, Louise Sil-
va, Joyce Levy.
Bob Provost and Janet Nesbitt Laschinger
telling "Bajun" jokes at the luncheon.
Cynthia Totty, Bill and
Edmund Lang at the PCSSC luncheon.
On August 9th, Ed and Marie Browder gave a
lovely buffet dinner party, honoring their son,
Capt. Ed (USN Ret.), and his wife, Judy, who were
visiting from Wilmington, Del. The guests in-
cluded classmates from Annapolis, now retired
Captains living in Coronado and La Jolla, also
Canal Zone friends, John and Beverly (Neville)
Fawcett, Dr. Ken and Peg Courtney (he was formerly
asst. head of the CZ Health Department), Bill and
Ruth Bears, David and Thelma Hollowell. Young Ed
is now a nuclear engineer with Public Service of
New Jersey. He graduated from Balboa High in
1951, the Naval Academy in 1955. His son,
Stephen, is on duty in Hawaii, a Lt. in the Navy
Underwater Demolition. His daughter, Ann, gradu-
ated from Purdue and works in Indianapolis.
In July, Bill Browder and his family arrived
from a Tour of the West in time for a family
birthday party for his eight year old son,
Nicholas. Bill graduated from BHS in 1961 and
Princeton in 1965 and is a civil engineer with
Norfolk Western R.R. at Norfolk, VA. The Browders
lived on the Canal Zone 35 years. Ed, Sr., (Cal
Tech BS, Berkeley MS) was assistant director of
engineering the last fourteen years. After that
he was with BART in San Francisco as structural
designer on the two downtown stations.
The Hollowells were visited during July by
nephew, Karl Allen and wife, Lynn, of Thermopolis,
WY. Karl is the son of Victoria (Hollowell) Allen
and had just completed a scholarship course on
James Madison and the U.S. Constitution at U.C.
Berkeley, preparatory to presenting special pro-
grams in his home town. Both he and Lynn are
teachers at Thermopolis High School.
Another pleasant visit by phone was with
Arbullin (mathews) Call recently. She was born
in David, Panama, attended schools in the Canal
Zone. Her father, Joe Mathews, was employed by
Navy Public Works, and her mother, Amelia (de la
Lastra) was a teacher in Panama City. Arbullin
have five children and six grandchildren. She, her
husband, Roy, and daughter, Michelle, attended the
Reunion of the Florida Society and also the Re-
union of BHS 1952. Her husband is a social
worker; she formerly worked for the San Diego
City Schools about fifteen years but now does
volunteer work, at an elementary school and a
middle school, teaching drama and presenting
plays for the parents.
The West Coast Reunion was memorable, as it
represented a super abundance of love, laughter,
and song. We can witness the shouts of recog-
nition across a crowded room, the hugs, and watch
the years roll away without feeling pride in all
the wonderful people who lived there in the Zone.
The setting of the beautiful Bahia Hotel Resort
on Mission Bay, San Diego was certainly a great
incentive to attend also. Many came from long
distances, and how happy we were to welcome them.
From Florida, President of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Muriel Thitman, and her hus-
John; Bill wheeler, Past President; Pat Beall,
Editor of the Canal Record, also Sara Rowley, Roy
leeser, Margaret Sinpson, Pamela Widdeck, and
others. From Virginia Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, from
Arizona Royce and Sue Lewis, from Washington, Mr.
and Mrs. Murray Falk (a former policeman on the
Pacific side, his father and a Canal Pilot), from
Michigan Todd and Alice Lipzinski.
Making a special effort for California this
year were the Lipzinskis. They lost no time in
taking buses to the Rubin H. Fleet Space Center
and Museum of Man, etc., at Balboa Park one day,
La Jolla Cave and Scripps Institute of Oceano-
graphy on another. She last visited San Diego
about 1940 when her aunt took her to Tijuana and
she saw Navy ships. She couldn't get over how
certain areas had merged.
Frita Frey and David Hollowell (both from CHS)
got together over a kitchen counter at Regis-
tration for the first time in over 40 years. At
last we have evidence that David did play the
coronet in the school band as per Fritz's copy
of the '35 Caribbean.
Cynthia Totty, now working in the bakery
department of Alpha Beta, continues to make
arrangements for Mary Kay Cosmetic demonstrations.
(Left) John and President Muriel Whitman, of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
(Center) Fran (Horine) Dabill, Marceline (Rice) Marin and Stella Boggs DeMarr (Home
grown entertainment), (Right) Cynthia Totty, Tom and Helen McGuiness.
(Left) Ruth Beers, Betty Jane Clayton Frey, Fredrick Frey. (Center) Francis Fitz-
patrick, Bill Beers, La Verne Fitzpatrick. (Right) Conrad Horine, John Ballenger,
(Johnny B, disc jockey from Panama) and Royce Lewis, all at the Reunion.
In May, she visited her daughter, Linda (Totty)
Wilson, in Virginia Beach, then went to see her
husband's name, Delbert Totty, on the Vietnam
Memorial in Washington, D.C. He served with the
33rd Inf. Div. from 1948 to 1954, Fort Kobbe,
Canal Zone, where she met him. He died in Vietnam
March 31, 1967, having served in the 1st Inv. Div.
there, and was awarded the Silver Star. His name
is also on the 1st Div. Memorial next to the White
It was grand to welcome back to California from
Colorado, Conrad and Norma Horine. He is now
Asst. Chief Engineer at Sepulveda VA Medical
Center. Also Jack and Joan deGrumnond were a fine
addition to the crowd. We trust that Jack's
health problems have been resolved, as he and Joan
have been sorely missed.
Private gatherings initiated the Reunion fun.
Marian Rice, daughter, Marcy Marin, Fern (Horine)
Dabill, Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, Conrad and Norma
Horine, and the Hollowells met in the Horine suite
after Registration on Friday for clam chowder and
other goodies. Fern and Stella delighted our
souls with a demonstration of a dance specialty.
Next morning Royce and Sue Lewis met with the
above group and Margaret Simpson for breakfast,
after which those on the Committee trekked up to
Ken and Celine Stone's room to blow up balloons
for decorations and inscribe Zone and Panama
place names. We can tell you it was a hilarious
morning as Johnny Ballinger, Bill Wheeler, Pat
Beall and others came by to lend moral support,
and the ceiling became more and more crowded.
Tito Mauynes and Alex de la Cruz were there to
provide the piece de resistance for the entire
weekend with their soul-stirring music. From
Panamanian music to "Hello Dolly", the "Mexican
Hat Dance", "Roll Out the Barrell", or the fif-
teen to twenty minute patriotic medley, it was all
an invitation not to be ignored as Zonians
scrambled from their tables to the dance floor
and released their foot-stompin' abilities, really
"dug in". Johnn Ballenger of Panama radio fame,
proved to be an excellent master of ceremonies
(what a wonderful speaking voice), augmented by
David Lane, Celine Stone, and Conrad Norine. In
Panamanian dress Fern, Stella and Marcy treated
us to the dance specialty from "Stella and
Stella's Review", as it was done fifty years ago
at the Colon Theater. The graduates of CHS and
BHS had their moments of fame also as each rose
for applause according to class year and then
lined up on opposing sides. Though inspired by
their valiant conductor, Bill Wheeler, CHS simply
could not muster up as powerful a crowd for songs
and cheers as BHS this year. Louise Jones sang
two songs, including "Memories", which added
considerably to the festivities. And did some of
you note a member of the Panama Ski Team?
Cynthia Totty brought her brother, Bill Evarts,
for the banquet, and others seated at the same
table included (Charles Bectell, Tom and Helen
McGuiness, Irvin and Sherrill Frank, with the
Hollowells. Cynthia and Irvin were together in
school from the third grade on. He remembered
singing ten verses of a song (something like "One
More River to Cross") in a minstrel show and pro-
ceeded to recite them, all of which added to the
merriment. Bill was reared from age nine at
Arrahan, Panama but educated through Balboa
Elementary School and Balboa High School. He
described it as "living in two cultures and very
different from today's youth". Since his father
had retired from the Zone when Bill was born, he
lived as an American during school hours and as
a Panamanian thereafter.
The breakfast on Sunday was graced by the color
guard of the U.S. Marine Corps and the National
Anthems of both Panama and the U.S., which brought
a few tears to tired eyes. Tito and Alex
officiated at the tea dancing, a custom which be-
gan a few years ago and is indeed quite popular.
Jan (Nesbitt) laschinger had the time of her life
dancing with schoolmate Tom McGuiness. Seated
nearby were John and Beverly (Neville) Fawcett,
Ed and Marie Browder and Julia Maggiore (widow of
Tony). Marie was wearing some fifty year old
Panamanian designer jewelry, which was beautiful
Frank (BHS 1959) and Clarice Stabler came by
for a nice chat. He worked for the Maintenance
Division in two overhauls at Pedro Miquel and
Miraflores Locks in 1965-1966. At present, he
works for the Immigration Department, and she is
an attorney in Imnigration. They have two child-
ren, Erika and Monika, and a Swedish exchange
student, Matt Johnson, in their household.
Jack Clay was brimming over with information
on his own sumner trip: From California to the
Tanpa Reunion; to Richmond, Virginia, to see a
cousin after 35 years; then Canton, Ohio to
Louisville, Kentuckey, where he met Claude and
Ruth Lyon; then to St. Louis, MO to see Roland
Clemens; and Clinton, IA to see Dave Sink and
wife; also DeMoisnes where he visited an aunt.
He was then pleased to visit with Irene and Doral
Smith in Denver, CO; then to Grand Junction, CO
for a reunion with George and Lucille Hoffimn;
then to Las Vegas for $400 and back to California.
He covered 9800 miles this year and 11,000 in
1986. His next ambition is to try a freighter
from San Francisco to Vancouver for ten days.
Successful reunions, as everyone must know, are
dependent upon an active dedicated committee, and
deserving of special bows are: David Lane, Donna
(Gayer) Bowman, Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Ken and
Celine Stone, Tom and Marion Rice, David and
Thelma Hollowell, augmented by our new Greeters,
Donna (Geyer) Bowman, Robert and Rosa Dill,
Francis and laVerne Fitzpatrick and Missy Hill.
If you weren't there, we missed you. See you
next year when it's guaranteed to be even better.
Blessings to all, and remember us with your
We had our annual sumner picnic, commemorating
the opening of the Canal, at a new large park,
Southern suburbs of Denver. Those in attendance
were President of our association, lester Smith,
his wife, Andrea, Richard "Buckeye" and Bette
(Farrell) Swearingen; Fred M. and Mary Jane
Weade; Conrad and Norma Horine; Ray Shaw; Bob
McIntyre, Ray and Helen (Edwards) Magan; Milton
and B.J. law; Mrs. Eleanor Becker; Al and Norma
(Evans) Harrington; Bob and Margaret (Meigs)
Molloy. We had a beautiful Colorado Sumner day
- bright and blazing in the sun, cool in the shade
with a light breeze. Sharing our food, we all
Only other news to report Roy and Dot (Kalar)
Kennedy recently returned from a Kalar family re-
union and she has persuaded sister, Olive, to come
to her Class of 1938 Reunion in Winter Park,
Colorado next August 18,19,20 and 21. We need
ADDRESSES of Cristobal and Balboa '38 class
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
Greetings from the N.E. Florida Panama Canal
Bob and Maggie Windle had their two daughters
and grandchildren visiting Patricia Ann McGlade
and her son Willie (6 years old today); Margie
Loonie and son, A.J.; and her sister, Cathy White
and son, Ryan.
Bruce and Diane Bateman had a party for them at
their home in Middleburg, with lots of fun and
festivities. Naturally, there were empanadas,
patacones, arroz con biftec (delicious), black
beans, salad, and much more. Sabrosisimo!! Bruce
arranged to have a practice session for the Black
Creek Group in which he plays, and we were enter-
tained with much great music during the evening.
Margie (Windle) Loonie, Cathy (Williams)
White and Patricia (Windle) McGlade at
the Bateman party.
At the fiesta were Bruce's cousin, Woddy DeJer-
nette and Diane visiting from Harrison, Tennessee;
Harry and Virginia Wilton from DeLand, Florida;
Mel and Clara Gomez from Jacksonville, Florida.
At Bruce Bateman's party: members of the
Black Creek Band.
Group picture at the picnic: L-R: Lynne
and Ronnie Harned; Greg and Gladys
Gramlich; Dick McConaghy; Bruce Bateman
(standing); Woody deJernette (standing);
Virginia and Harry Pearl.
The following day was the annual picnic for
this area, held in Green Cove Springs, at the home
of Dan and Doris Harned. The party group, plus
many others enjoyed the beautiful location, the
pool, and mostly the good companionship and remin-
iscing which goes on at gatherings of Zonians.
Ronald and Lynne Harned with sons Jason and Justin
were visiting from Miami. We also enjoyed visiting
with Greg and Gladys Gramlich from Dunedin, Fla.;
Joe Garcia from Daytona; Bob McCarrick from Jack-
sonville; Harry and Virginia Pearl from Ocala;
Dick and Juanita McConaghy from Ocala; Caroline
Batenan from Gainesville; Bob and Laurie Griffin
from Crescent City; Steve and Rose Crider from
Jacksonville, accompanied by their daughter, Mel-,
issa Sellers and her friend Kelly Langford, and
granddaughter Jennifer Cheezun; Mabel Cannady and
Georgiana (Doris) Harned awarded ribbons to the
winners of the sack race, Ryan White and Jason
Harned; also to the winners of the (messy-messy)
egg toss, Caroline Batemnan and Patricia McGlade.
It was really great to have good weather, good
food (lots of it), good beer (lots of it), good
friendship, good stories of old times, and good
hosts for the occasion!
Florida Mid-East Coast
Leo and I finished off our summer trip with our
new travel trailer at the home of Bob and
Katherine (Bitsy Gates) Anson, at Seabrook, South
Carolina. We spent four lovely days at their
beautiful home located on the shore of the Whale
Branch River. Bob and Bitsy took a wonderful trip
to Mexico last Spring. They traveled from one
coast to the other with their travel trailer.
Fortunately, Bitsy's spanish is still excellent
fo- it got them out of difficulties more than once
"-ith the local constabulary. There were few
trailer parks or camp grounds in Mexico and those
they did find did not begin to compare with those
in the States. From Mexico they went on to St.
Louis for a visit with Bitsy's youngest sister,
Martha, and then home for a much needed "rest".
My grandson, Michael Baro, and I had a lovely
visit with Dan and Noemy Sander at their home in
Altamonte Springs. It was the first time I had
seen Dan since 1970 when Leo and I visited Panama.
Dan was scheduled to leave the next week for
Panama to get back to his business for six months
or so. Unfortunately, they still haven't re-
ceived a green card to enable Dan to move per-
manently to the States. Dan told me he was
getting with former CHS Classmates, Jack Reilly;
Benny Kuller and Bob Rosania for dinner. Later,
when I talked to Benny and Jack, I found that they
bad such a great time talking over old times that
they got together once more before Dan had to
leave for Panama. Gus Rosania, Bob's brother, is
still in Panama and he is trying to find some more
of our missing classmates (CHS '45) who are still
It seems that this past Spring and Summer have
been particularly hard on most of the folks I have
talked to...so much illness, injuries and opera-
tions. Leo ended up about the middle of September
having the new kidney stone procedure performed
- the bathtub sound wave method of pulverizing
kidney stones. What a wonder. It works so well
and has been absolutely painless and he seems at
long last to be well on the road to recovery.
Richard and Louise Soyster of Orange City had
a quiet summer. Richard had a quadruple by-pass
last year and has been taking life easy. Louise
had been feeling great but after a check-up just
to be on the safe side, found out she wasn't as
great as she thought and now takes a multitude of
pills. Congratulations are in order for their
granddaughter, Diane. She was recently promoted
to the position of Day Shift Supervisor of the
Emergency Room Admitting Office at First Memorial
Hospital in DeLand. Louise told me they had been
worried about their daughter, Susan Valentine, and
her family during the recent hurricane which
passed so close to the Keys but fortunately the
Valentines had no major problems.
Raymond Uhitney here in DeLand reported that
both he and Gertrude have been under the weather.
Gertrude was laid up with her back and leg and
later had surgery to repair a hernia. Raymond had
had the shingles but when I asked how he was, he
said he put the "darn" things on the roof where
they belonged. The Whitney's son, Peter, is
getting married in February and plans to live here
in DeLand on his beautiful horse ranch. His seven
or eight horses keep him mighty busy.
Ann Lattin of DeLand recently had cataracts re-
moved from both eyes and is doing fine. She stays
busy with the West Volusia Artists and Roy attends
a fitness club three times a week to stay in good
lois Healan (Richmond) told me that she and her
husband, (harles, own a VCR Movie business called
Movie Review and it keeps her at the store full
time. Charles still works at the local DeLand
post office, Lois' mother, Iris Hogan, of Kerr-
ville, Texas, recently underwent surgery for a
ruptured appendix and from all reports is re-
As soon as Helen Dudak returned from England
last July, she headed for California and met
Lolita Provost Packard in Westminster, California.
They took a wonderful Southwestern tour along with
two of Lolita's friends. Helen visited with
Barbara Walbridge Drebing over lunch in Aurora,
Colorado and visited by phone with Dora Hardy of
Placitas, New Mexico. Dora is a former C.Z.
teacher. The four travelers hit Tuscon, Scotts-
dale, Carlsbad Caverns, Santa Fe, New Mexico and
an all day tour to Taos and then on to Albuquer-
que. After Lolita and Helen dropped their two
traveling companions off to Westminster, they
attended the California reunion luncheon in San
Diego. They stayed overnight with Nancy Norton
Carter and then the two intrepid travelers drove
north and one of their most interesting tours was
the Randolph Hurst Castle of San Simeon.
I had a nice telephone visit with Donna
(Dickson) Dondanville and she seems to be enjoying
herself a great deal after her move from Colorado
to Sanford, Florida. Donna stays busy playing
golf and bowling and recently she and a friend
visited SeaWorld. The Tahitian Drum Show features
audience participation. I am sure everyone en-
joyed Donna's participation since at one time she
taught the Hula sure would have loved to have
seen that show!!!
Leona Sanders Snedeker
Hello, fellow members! Recently, I called
everyone to see what they've been doing over the
sumner. Mostly, everyone is just enjoying Florida
living and weather.
Gene Clinchard and his sister, Constance
(Clinchard) Wright, were ecstatic over purchasing
new carpeting. Constance is completing a trip to
Nebraska in October for a Homecoming Reunion.
Margaret Park has been very busy over the
Suanner helping her daughter, Cathy Carpenter, move
to Washington. Cathy's husband, who is in the
Navy, stationed on the Nimitz, was transferred
there. Good luck to this young couple.
Christina Grose on "Father's Image" with
grandfather Leo Sousa at her side.
My daughter, Christina Grose, kept me busy over
the Summer riding horses. She worked with horses
at Day Camp for over a month, then went to Girl
Scout Camp and got into a horse care program. They
did everything with horses except sleep in the
barn with them. Christina enjoyed this so much
that we decided to lease a horse for the entire
month of August. It broke her heart when school
started and she had to say goodbye.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to
welcome our newest members from Pinellas Park,
leo Sousa and his wife, Lillian Sousa, who, inci-
dentally, are my parents. leo is a retired Army
Officer, who serve three different tours in the
Canal Zone. After he retired from the service,
he remained in the Zone as a Civil Service em-
In September, Leo and Lillian went on a tour
of six different countries: Yugoslavia, Hungary,
Poland, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Most
of their time was spent on a tour bus but they en-
joyed themselves immensely.
Before I end my article, I have a riddle for
you: My husband, Jim, belongs to the PCS, but
these initials do not stand for Panama Canal
Society. A special prize goes to the first person
out there who can tell me what these initials
stand for. Answer to riddle will be in my next
article...Til then, Adios!
Lorraine "Sunshine" Grose
Gini Starke and her daughter Cassie Lou recent-
ly enjoyed a 15-day tour. They flew to Calgary,
Alberta, Canada where they joined the Tauck Bus
Tour. They spent two days in Banff and at Lake
Louise, staying at the Chatteau there. They told
of the beautiful sights from their window, inclu-
ding glaciers. They also walked on the ice fields
on Kamloops Glacier.
They also spent two days in Victoria, B.C. at
the famous Empress Hotel and enjoyed Buchart Gar-
dens, another point of interest.
After completing their tour of Canada they left
Victoria by ferry and entered the U.S. in Seattle.
When going through immigration, the officer noted
Cassie Lou's birth certificate showed she was born
in the Canal Zone and asked Gini if she knew Bob
Gates or Don Brayton. Of course she knew them both
and the officer said he had worked at the American
Consulate in Colon. Unfortunately, Gini didn't get
Gini phoned Tom and Marilyn (Metzger) Marsh in
Oregon City and they met for breakfast and enjoyed
catching up on the news of mutual friends and rem-
iniscing about the "good life" on the Zone. The
tour also included Portland and San Francisco. In
San Francisco they stayed at the St. Francis Hotel
where the King of Spain was a guest. However,
neither Gini or Cassie Lou ever saw him, although
some on the tour did. The Duke of Edinburgh and
the Queen of England had also been recent guests
Gini and Cassie thoroughly enjoyed their trip
and felt very lucky as they had just missed a
small earthquake in Vancouver, B.C. and left Cal-
ifornia just two hours before the stronger "quake"
hit there. They flew out of San Francisco to re-
Fran Orvis and Jay Cain visited with Fran's son
and family, Bob and Lotty Orvis and their daughter
Nita and son Carl at their home in Daytona Beach.
Blanche Hartman visited with family members in
Fort Lauderdale and enjoyed a mini-reunion at the
home of her niece, Dinah (Sasso) LaPorta and her
son Dee and daughter Debbie. Included in the fam-
ily group was Dinah's sister, Nancy (Sasso) Stokes
of Ft. Lauderdale and her brother Richie Sasso of
Warsaw, Indiana. Also Blanchie's sister, Dora
(Walker) Chatburn of Salinas, Ecuador and her dau-
ter Mabel (Chatburn) Powell of Calgary, Alberta,
Gladys McLain and her sister and brother-in-law
Thelma (Watson) and Walter McGuire of Glen Oaks,
Florida, recently returned from a trip to St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands, where they attended the
wedding of their nephew, Michael Watson to Judy
Gladys and the McGuires later flew to Washing-
ton, D.C. to attend the bat mitzvah of their great
niece and Thelma's goddaughter, Julie Isaacs.
Gladys and John McLain enjoyed a summer visit
by their son Douglas McLain, his wife Cindy and
their children DeeDee and David of Balboa Heights,
R.P. The family also visited relatives in Texas.
Doug is the Band Director at Balboa High School.
Allen and Kay Miller went on a month's trip to
Illinois, Colorado and Arizona. Enroute home they
visited with Ray and Gene Wilson in San Antonio,
Rae and Joe Ebdon went -' :
to Williamsport, Penn.
Little League Baseball -
Their grandson, Geoffrey
Ebdon, son of Dick and ,
Kathy Ebdon of Irvine,
Ca. was a member of the
Northwest All-Stars of
Irvine. Geoff, who is 11 "
years old, played center-
field and was their lead-
off man. About 25 of Geoff's relatives and family
friends were there for the games, including the
Joe Ebdons, Geoff's grandparents from Sarasota;
his parents, Dick and Kathy Ebdon, and sister Jen-
nifer from Irvine and his maternal grandmother,
Agnes Ruff of Niagara Falls, NY. and aunts, uncles
Although Irvine didn't win the championship,
they defeated other U.S. area teams and came in
second. We are all proud of you, Geoff. During the
introductions of the team in the final game, they
mentioned a little about each player and said
Geoff had told him his grandfather had given him
a glove and bat on the day he was born!
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker enjoyed a short
vacation trip to the Blowing Rock Assembly Grounds
near Boone, N.C. They were joined by daughters
Carole (Walker) Miller of Tampa, Fla. and Maybelle
"Mickey" (Walker) Fitzgerald with her husband of
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and their grandson, Frank
Fitzgerald and Wendy Long of Franklinville, N.C.
The weather was cool and invigorating and the fall
leaves were beginning to turn color, making it an
added special treat.
Fred and Beverly (Moody) Ebdon are still adding
miles to their Winnebago. In early may they headed
toward Oregon for their grandson, Rusty Ebdon's
high school graduation. Enroute west, they enjoyed
a visit with Fred's brother and wife, Bill and
Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon in Mississippi. In Hous-
ton they took Fred's aunt ('TPop" Ebdon's sister)
out to lunch. At 107, Fred says she is really
amazing. The combined age of "Pop" and his sister
is 205 not too bad! In Colorado, they had a
short visit with Margie (Miller) Schiewe and her
husband; took a tour through Rocky Mountain Nat-
ional Park, and had a visit with Betty (Farrell)
Swearingen at Ft. Collins, but missed seeing Buck-
eye as he was away at school. Next stop was Reno
- Fred said that was a mistake!
While in The Dalles, Oregon, with son Paul and
wife Connie (Balmas) Ebdon, they were joined by
their other son, Jim and wife Connie (Pustis) who
live in Napa, Ca.
They traveled to Napa in two campers by way of
bend, Or. where Jim and Connie picked up Connie's
mother, Louise Pustis of Sarasora. They ran into
a blinding snowstorm at Crater Lake, Wa. and never
saw the lake except for snow.
While heading home, Bev figured out a short-cut
by way of Vermont and Massachusetts, visiting Jim
and Edna Million at their summer home in St. Al-
bans, and also with Howard and Arlene Osborn in
Enroute east they stopped at Reno again -
another mistake, but the two days in Yellowstone
was a winner. Fred vetoed Bev's short-cut from
Mass. via Arkansas due to the heat wave in Ark.
Since they started camping in 1972, Fred and
Bev have visited every state except Indiana.
No sooner did they arrive home they had a visit
from their granddaughter Tammie Ebdon and a girl
friend from Oregon on a 10-day school vacation.
Bev and the girls enjoyed the Ebdon's pool, the
beaches and a trip to Disney World and Epcot Cen-
Mina Dee recently returned from visiting her
son and daughter-in-law William and Mary Jo Lang
and their families in Portland, Oregon. Highlites
of the trip was attending the wedding of her grand
daughter Catherine Mina Lang and Thomas Alexander;
and meeting and getting acquainted with her first
great grandchild, Andrew William Lang, born Jan-
uary 8, 1987 to Thomas and Kelly Lang of Portland.
Andrew's paternal grandparents are James and Mary
Jane Cole of Bellville, Ill. who were also visit-
ing the Langs.
Mina Dee (Sarasota) with her first grand
child, Andrew William Lang and parents,
grandson Thomas Lang and wife, Kelly.
When Bill and Beth Grady of Lakeland, Florida
attended the Panama Canal Society luncheon/meeting
in Sarasota in August, they were accompanied by
Ruth and John Alderman. John had worked in the
blacksmith shop at the mechanical Division and
left in 1947. He had mentioned working with Carl
Starke and Bill thought it was a good time for
them to meet again and they enjoyed seeing each
other after so many years.
Gladys Conley's recent visitors were Gene Her-
rmanny, his wife and son from Fond du Lac, Wis.
Mary Orr enjoyed a visit from Dottie Hicks of
Callahan, Fla. who shared the Birthday Club Party
hosted by Mary and other activities.
Elma Carder was a 10-day visitor at the home of
her brother and sister-in-law, Barney and Tinsie
(Bliss) Barnes. During her visit she enjoyed a Sea
Escape one-day cruise from Tampa. They were joined
by Tinsie's sisters, Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey and
Mayno (Bliss) Walker and her husband.
Visitors in the home of Mike and Marion Greene
were Cmdr (CEC, USN Ret) Jack Schwartz and his
wife, of Hanford, Calif. as they were enroute to
Key West. Marion worked for Cmdr. Schwartz when he
was assigned to the Public Works Office at Coco
Solo and left the Isthmus in 1952.
Bruce Scoggins with his son Jeff, of LaPorte,
Texas, were the houseguests of Fred and Bev Ebdon
while visiting his grandfather, Joe "Pop" Ebdon.
They enjoyed seeing other relatives and friends
and a trip to EPOOT. But one of the highlights for
13-year old Jeff came when Allen and Kay Miller
gave him their 30-year collection of the National
Geographic magazines. They were too many to handle
to take home, so Jeff made his uncle Fred promise
to bring them when they next came to Texas.
I do not know what has become of all of our St.
Pete folks, but it seems that very few want us to
know where they have been this summer. I have not
been able to get any news out of any of them.
Bill and Fran Stock were away for a couple of
months but when they returned they found a stack
of work piled up that required immediate attention
so their report had to wait.
George and Chris Felps also had a pleasant trip
but I have not been able to get it from them as
I had a celebration with Gertrude Pearson to
remind us of the fact that she had left the Canal
Zone in October of 1950. Just thirty seven years
ago. How time flies. And we are still very close
I was very happy to receive a phone call from
Dorothea Churchill, another old friend who now
lives in Sacramento, California. I was happy to
learn that she is well and keeping actively busy.
I also had a surprise visit from Vern Christoph
from Mission, Texas. He is, or was, planning a
trip through the States, visiting family and
friends. He even sent a card from Hawaii, so he
truly was covering ground. Nice going, Vern.
Then with the good news, was the bad news.
There was a letter from Francine Furr Koenig in
Arlington, Virginia, telling of the loss of
another friend. Her brother, Paul Furr, who was
employed on the locks in Gatun, suffered a stroke
September 20, which left him comotose for a week,
when he died on September 26, having never re-
gained consciousness. His wife, Edna Furr, is in
a Nursing Home in a condition that she is not told
of the passing of her husband.
Just to keep my hand in, I am still making cor-
sages and table novelties, money trees and "Green
Orchids" as a reminder of Margarita Florist. Gotta
keep my hand in.
Do write or call in some news. If you are too
late for the current issue, I will hold it for the
next one, but I would love to hear from you. So
would your friends.
Cool weather has hit the Tanpa Bay area early
this year and it has been so nice. I guess every-
one has been spending a lot of time outdoors be-
cause I have had a hard time getting in touch with
John and Frank Wruck after the 1987 Re-
Henry and Jean (Wruck) Dorzback of Tampa had
a very busy and exciting Summer with all of their
Panama visitors. First came Frank and Monica
Wruck and their son, John, who came for the big
Panama Canal Reunion in July. They all then flew
to New York where they met Marilyn Wruck and Cindy
Marotta. They went to Niagra Falls (the Canadian
side) and had a great time. It was then back to
Tampa for some shopping and more shopping. Next
to visit was Dane and JoAnne (Wruck) Wiskowski who
came up from Panama to join the rest of the Gamboa
gang. After a short reunion, Marilyn and Cindy
went back to Panama and JoAnne, Dane, Henry, Jean
and John took a nice trip down to the Florida
Keys. They had lots of fun lobstering, snorkeling
and fishing. Everyone had a great summer vacation
and they all hope to make it to the 1988 Reunion.
Yane Leves was happy to report that he traveled
to San Diego, California to attend the wedding of
his son, Gene Leves who married Tammy Jo Espinoza
on August 1, 1987. After the wedding, they all
spent two days in Las Vegas and had a fantastic
On August 29, 1987, Michelle Owen hosted a baby
shower for Willeen (O'Sullivan) Hodge who is ex-
pecting her first baby. Michelle served an ex-
cellent luncheon buffet that even included em-
panadas that she had catered from a local restau-
rant. Former Zonians that attended were:
Maruelita O'Sullivan, (the anxious grandmother-to-
be), Emily Brooks, Tess Owen, Adriana Ateek,
Jeanette Harrington, Lynn Dunning and Mary
Tochterman. Stay tuned to the next Record to find
out whether Willeen has a boy or girl.
At the beginning of October my husband, Steve,
Andrea and myself went to Fort Lauderdale for a
short weekend vacation. We stayed with my sister,
Margaret and her husband, Steve. On Saturday
night we had a fantastic time at Pizza Hut. That
restaurant probably filed for disaster aid after
all seventeen of us left. There were 12 adults
and 5 babies/kids. They included: Ken and lee
(Nickisher) Gaul and baby, Nikki; Fred and Terri
(Hunt) Watkins and their kids, Michael and
Jennifer; Bill and laura (Hansen) Breaden, Linda
Sherry; Steve and Margaret (Kelleher) Marsalona,
and daughter, Jennifer; Sue (Hall) Lee; Steve and
Mary (Kelleher) Tochternan and daughter Andrea.
It was some night watching Ken Gaul teach Jennifer
Marsalona to throw cherry tomatoes at people and
Steve Tochterman trying to charge Fred Watkins for
each bite of pizza he had. Everyone had a great
time, wish we had gotten a photo.
The Tanpa Bay area was sorry to see Cheryl
Dunning leave recently. Cheryl accepted a teach-
ing position in Germany with DOD. She was very
excited about going.
During my searches for addresses for our BHS
'78 Class Reunion, I came across a couple living
here in Tanpa. They are Eric and Anita (Galindo)
Gurr. They both graduated from BHS in 1978,
married and now have three children.
I am still working on our class reunion for BHS
1978, also helping and doing lots of work are
Colette (Foster) Carlisle and Sheila Rose. We
guarantee that everyone will have a great time.
So, plan to attend and seen addresses. It will
be held during the 1988 Canal Zone Reunion in
If any Bay area residents have news, please
call, I'd love to hear from you.
iary (Kelleher) Tochterman
L-R: Mary and Dan DesLondes, Lisa Des-
Londes; Grace Flores (bride of) Jimmy
DesLondes; Linda and Jim DesLondes. The
wedding day of Jimmy and Grace in Hono-
It was my great pleasure in August to get to-
gether with the Deslzndes family, Jim and Danny
(sons of my special friend, Beverly Stiles of
Santa Maria, California), their wives, Linda and
Mary, Jim and Linda's daughter, Lisa, plus Jim's
son, Jinmy, and his new bride, Graciela Flores,
of Santa Barbara. These two were just married
that day, and it was my daughter, Katya's birthday
as well, so I had a pupa party (hors d'oeuvres and
assorted drinks) at my apartment. The newlyweds
are living in Santa Barbara.
A long telephone visit with Elaine (Bohan)
Johnston of Jonesborough, Arkansas, brightened my
week recently. We haven't met for 37 years but
we hopp to meet at the next reunion in Florida.
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan returned from a
two month vacation on the Mainland where she en-
joyed attending the Northwest Panama Canal reunion
in Olynpia. Said she didn't know many people, but
they all seemed to have the same fond memories in
common. there were several people there who had
been stationed in Panama with the Navy. Margaret
plans to visit Panama after Christmas. She sent
a brief newspaper clipping of the death of Helen
Bromley which stated she was born on the Panama
Canal Zone I remember the name.
I called a Zonian from "way back", Dr. Bliss
Shrapnel, and talked to his wife, Adeline, who
said they had no great news to report just that
they have long ago completely retired (she from
her talent as a painter) and are enjoying every
single day of Hawaii living, after so many years.
I was so glad to visit with Bliss' mother, the
late Geneva Shrapnel, at my first Florida reunion
some years ago.
I'm sorry to report the death of a dear friend
who was a Zonian in the late '50's, Margaret Casey
('rasey Casey" as she was known and loved wherever
At last I have re-met Henry Dolim and his wife,
Virginia (Ridge) on the occasion of the very nice
fashion-show/luncheon she put on at the Elks' Club
in September. As it had been about 47 years since
I had seen the Dolims, I promised to wear a mola
item for identity, and did, and it worked. Also,
met some of their family members who live in
Captain Greg and Vicki (Baldwin) Fischer live
at Iroquois Point in Navy Housing, past Ewa Beach
and right on the beach. Vicki said two of their
seven children got married this year; that her
Father still lives in El Volcan in Panama; and
that they have lots of kids and friends coming and
going within their lives and homes. Recently
visited with Jim and Mary Young Jim is brother-
in-law of Margaret McMillan. The Fischers may
attend the next Florida reunion.
I've been working half days for our Waikiki
Senator Mary Jane Mcaurdo who has led the struggle
to save the lovely open park space of Fort De-
Russey in Waikiki from the developers and a
community center. In this unusually hot October
weather, snow has blanketed Mauna Kea and Mauna
Loa Volcanoes on Hawaii Island. The flowing lava
of Kilauea Volcano there has destroyed 54 homes
within 42 years and very fe' re-idents remain in
that area. Although Hawaii lost the coveted
hosting of America's Cup, a world-class yacht race
nay develop. Aloha'
Lois DeLaMater Bates
There is no reporter from Iowa so I thought I'd
send a letter and let you know some happenings
from the heartland, at least from Fairfield, Iowa.
We had several visitors in our home during the
summer: Verna Linkemann, of Quincy, Illinois, on
her way home after a family reunion; Luke and
Betty Palumbo, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Vannia
Evans, of Balboa, Panama; Luke T. Palumbo and
family of Ft. Davis, Panama. Brother Luke left his
stepson Oscar Gallego in the States with us until
he entered the US Navy in September.
Sister Sara (Palumbo) Stevens of Fayetteville,
Arkansas and her husband, Donald, left her three
children, Steve, Spencer and Charity to join Van-
nia and my two stepsons, Matthew and Chris Gates
of Somerset, Kentucky, for a week of fun in Iowa.
Back row, L-R: Scott Hoffman, Wayne
Smith, Leo Barker, Allison Hoffman,
Marty Hoffman, Chris Gates, Corey Grubbs
with Jessica Smith, Judy Palumbo-Gates,
Donna Grubbs, Robert Gates, Randall
Grubbs. Front L-R: Ruth Smith, Bev Hof-
fman, Elizabeth Smith, Kent Grubbs, Mat-
thew Gates, Rebecca Smith.
In July, the Gates Gang headed for a mini-re-
union at the Wayne Smith home in Fairfield, Ohio,
a suburb of Cincinnati where Leo ("Box") Barker
now plays for the Bengals (when they are not on
strike!). Leo joined our reunion and visited with
former coach Randall Grubbs and Martin Hoffman and
families from Coco Solo. We had such a great time
that we plan to do this every other year.
Vannia Evans will retuen to Iowa in January,
planning to enroll in a college nearby. Stepson,
Chris (age 14) decided to live in Iowa instead of
Kentucky and is playing on the 9th grade football
team, doing great after being inspired by Leo Bar-
ker during the summer and receiving football tips
from an ex-coach, his step-grandfather, Luke Pal-
After giving two talks on Panama recently, I
had my name in the newspaper and was called by a
Fairfield resident. Her name is Lila Hammnond, a
a Panamanian woman from Santiago who married a US
serviceman and has lived here for over 20 years.
We plan to get together soon. It's a small world!
Vaya con Dios. .
Vaya con Dios. Judy Palumbo-Gates
From Lexington comes a welcome letter from
Bertha Hayes. She writes that every member should
attend the Pan Canal Reunion at least once in
order to experience the warmth and friendship
still existing among the people known as Zonians.
It was a season of traipsing around for the some
of the Hayeses. In May, granddaughter, Janet, a
senior at St. John's College in Annapolis, enjoyed
a trip to Finland as a reporter for a tourist
line. Janet is one-fourth Finnish and thoroughly
enjoyed all that country had to offer. John's
wife. June, hostessed an eight day cruise of the
Royal Cruise Line in September. The trip started
in Montreal, up the Great St. Lawrence River to
the Atlantic and New York City with all sorts of
interesting daytime stops in cities along the way.
June was touring Hawaii shortly after which was
like going back home as John was stationed there
for three and one half years. In October, Sidney
(Gardner's brother) and Rusty Fugate of St.
Petersburg stopped for an enjoyable visit. They
were a bit early to catch the beauty of the Kerr-
tucky autumn which has been especially colorful
this season. Bill (son) is presently performing
in the CBS mini-series "BLUEGRASS" being filmed
in Lexington. The series stars Cheryl Ladd,
Mickey Rooney and a cast of other Hollywood stars
and local talent. Be sure to catch the series and
see our beautiful state.
This reporter, after reading the letter column,
called a young friend with whom I had lost con-
tack. Thanks to the RECORD, I was able to renew
a friendship. Iarry Barkema was a neighbor and
a friend for many years, about 11 more or less.
It was really fun to find out where he was and to
give him a call. I just knew he would not remem-
ber me so I started to tell him who I was right
away. He stopped me and wanted to guess and re-
recognized my voice right away. Such is the power
of the Canal Record in renewing our ties.
It's too bad everyone can't see how beautiful
the trees are today. Almost makes winter worth
freezing through to enjoy all this color. Fondest
wishes from colorful Kentucky.
I must say
one wrote in
I am terribly disappointed that no
any news for this issue from this
I received a post card of Panama Viejo and one
of the Holy Ghost orchid from a H.P. Butcher, the
Volcan, Chiriqui. Thanks for being so thoughtful,
however I would still like to borrow slides of
those and of the square trees of El Valle.
Next time, if I don't have any news from this
area by the 15th of the month, I'll just hang it
Anita D. Asmussen
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, write:
We have been so busy retirement as such does
not seem to be a reality though we have papers
that say we did so 11 years ago.
John has been enjoying building a 19' sailboat
in our driveway. Catherine is on call each day to
lend two extra hands when needed and, then having
interrupted her household chores or paperwork,
gets involved (within calling distance of the boat
builder's next call) in watering potted plants and
clearing hickory nuts from the driveway (a never-
ending pick-up chore they fall 24 hours a day -
We had planned to go on a bus tour of five
southeastern states with a hattiesburg group and
see several Canal Zone couples along the way. But
canceled out. In response to a call from John's
uncle in San Francisco in regard to his 96-year-
old stepmother (who has been in a convalescent
hospital for four years) we drove to Milwaukee
to talk to John's brother prior to flying to San
Francisco. Upon returning to Milwaukee (our home-
town), we visited relatives, several of whom prom-
ised to come to Hattiesburg in the fall.
We returned to Hattiesburg so we could claim
our mail being held at the Post Office and UPS
delivery of boat fittings ordered before we left.
And chores awaiting us like mowing lawns and
changing the fish pond water so we could repack
our suitcases and meet (Charles (Bud) and Dorothy
Sabathng, Cullen and Mary Booth and Dayne and
Dorothy (Dottie) Caylor in Hot Springs, AR. (They
were close neighbor/friends during our first few
years in the Canal Zone (Cocoli 1942-45).
We heard that Lnam Derr whom Catherine worked
with for ten years in the Army Engineer office,
Fort Clayton and Corozal), passed away April 25,
1987. She lived in Orlando, FL. for the past 10
years. Lema and Gene and son Bill lived in Cur-
undu. Many P.C. employees knew them as members of
the Diablo Camera Club. They were also close
friends of Fay and Preston Minton. Bill, an Air
Force officer, lives in Texas.
Patt Foster Roberson
We had some Floridians with us, Sibby Hallen
Pittman came with the Schwindemans. Dick and Juan-
ita McConaughey with the Kromers and Jack Tonneson
came from California and were visiting with Frank
and Liz Tonneson Key. Betty Rathgeber's daughter,
Linda brought her for the day on Saturday. Jack
Ratbgeber had a stroke in early spring and was not
able to come. Jack is home and doing very well. I
have talked to him on the phone and he is just as
feisty and ornery as ever. We missed you. We also
missed Vince, Dottie and Bob and Pat Ridge. You
all come next year.
George Loew was in Houston this fall visiting
Mary-Jo Lowe Yeager and Bates Weiman. They went to
Fayetteville to visit sisters Minnie, Franny and
Mattie Lee and husbands. Would have loved to have
been there to play catch-up with them.
My sister Margie Dennis Bain spent three weeks
with me this Fall. We attended several Grand Staff
Eastern Star parties as Marge was a Past Grand
Officer. She now lives in Florida. Her daughter,
Bonnie Bain Dunbar and her husband, Jock came to
Princeton for Bonnie's 25th Princeton High's re-
union. They also live in Florida.
The Traveling Pooles have been at it again and
I will give it as Bill wrote it: "Here are some
details of our recent visit with our sister, Mary
Poole Ausman of Rancho Palos Verdes, California:
Muriel, Bill and Jack flew to Los Angeles via Den-
ver, meeting our daughter Madeleine Clinkinbeard,
then on to Los Angeles. Also visiting Mary was her
youngest son, Billy Ausman of New York City. While
in California we attended the wedding of Mary's
youngest granddaughter, Christy Ausman to Brad
Hudson of Long Beach. Wedding took place in Long
Beach, September 12, 1987. We were joined by bro-
ther Henry Poole and his wife, Mercedes of Chula
Vista, Calif., and Hank's son, John of La Mesa and
four daughters. Our son, Alfred and his wife, Jan
of Virginia Beach, Va., came for the wedding and
a short visit with Mary. Mary's oldest son, Neal
gave the bride away. Lisa Ausman Leets (Christy's
sister) and Mary's oldest granddaughter was matron
The summer of 1987 the Pooles flew to Houston
for the wedding of Bill and Muriel's son, Alfred
to Jan Bauer. Among the guests was Bob Hazeldine's
daughter, Trish, who livesin Houston."
I remember Mary Poole as a pretty soft-spoken
lady. It was good to hear of all the activities
and to see snap-shots of all the gatherings. Mary
sometimes comes East to visit her daughter, Mary
Jo Adams, who lives in Virginia, and Bill, Muriel
We Zonians do get around, especially when it's
I will be spending the holidays with my daugh-
ter, Bobbie and then head for Florida for the win-
ter. Same place as last year: 1011 Burbank Court,
Sun City Center, Florida.
Come and see me. Felices Pascuas.
Jo Dennis Konover
As I call people about possible news items,
each person seems to know another person who is
not on our list of Zonians and Panamanians that
live in New Mexico. One such person who was re-
cently discovered is Gary Ness, with this wife,
Donna, and their ten year old daughter. Gary went
to Balboa High School and was scheduled to grad-
uate with the Class of 1960 but his father was
transferred to the White Sands Missile Range in
New Mexico in 1959. Currently Gary is a professor
at the University of New Mexico in sports psy-
chology and coach training.
Art and Linda Payne and children took a very
enjoyable Amtrack vacation to Maine, Boston, New
York, Washington, D.C., and back to Albuquerque.
They spent about a month on their travels but most
of the time was in Maine with Art's mother and
step father, Elaine and Bob Donaldson, and Art's
Art and Linda Payne also had a visit in July
with Bill and Esther Butz Clair from Oklahoma
Arnold Talbott has been busy visiting and en-
joying many sights and sounds of Nuevo Mexico and
Viejo Mexico. The desert is an interesting change
from the areas Art has lived in previously.
Dora Hardy and a friend went on the Amtrack
Chief to Chicago, then took the Lakeshore Limited
to Boston and back. Unfortunately, the leaves had
not yet changed to their beautiful fall colors on
the east coast, but they enjoyed the beautiful
scenery the trains went through.
Virginia and Russel Hellmund, along with Vic
Brown, visited the Naval Observatory and the
Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, Arizona, along
with other members of the Albuquerque Astronomy
Club. They were fascinated by the computerization
of the telescope.
Russel Hellmund and his wife Virginia had many
visitors this sumner. Russel's brother, Ray, from
Walker, Arizona spent some time with them. They
took their telescopes and went into the Jamez
Mountains for some quiet camping and clear sky
viewing through their telescopes.
Also, James and Marcia Slover, with Charlie,
Robby, Masha, and Jonny, also visited the
Hellmund's. The Slovers currently live in Panama
and were on a two month leave from James' work in
Dan and Grace Curtiss took a two week trip
through the various canyon parklands of the west
and viewed some of the world's most spectacular
scenery. They visited the Grand Canyon, Bryce
Canyon, Zion Canyon, Canyonland, Capital Reef, and
other absolutely fascinating areas. They highly
recommend the trip for anyone who wants to visit
unique, astounding, and yet different rock forma-
The Panama Canal Society of W.N.C. had a lunch-
eon on October 13th with an attendance of 26.
Thuse enjoying the get-together were: Ron
Angernuller, Alice and Max Conoer, Janet and Ross
Cunningham, Jean and Jack Dombrosky, Ruth and
ouis Everson, Henry Falk, Antionette and Maenner
Huff, Nonma Irvin, Clara Jorstad and her guest,
Lilymae Crosswhite, Margot and Max Lenmer, Dr.
Charles Latimer, Alice Roche, Ruth Tillnan,
Eugenie Sanders, Ruth and Martin "Pete" Sawyer,
Bonnie and leRoy Wilson and Ruth Zelnick.
We were happy to welcome Henry Falk as a new
member of our group. The Falks have recently
moved to Asheville, North Carolina from Ohio.
Ruth and Pete Sawyer recently returned from
Japan where they attended an Elderhostel for three
weeks in September. They enjoyed it thoroughly.
Hedvig (Sundberg) Seedborg from Long Beach,
California, and Nellie (Bruland) Jansen from
Essington, PA, schoolgirl friends of Janet in
Balboa visited Janet and Ross Cunningham in
Connestee Falls, North Carolina, for two weeks in
Clara Jorstad traveled to the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan in August to attend an Elderhostel
program at Lake Superior State College at Sault
Ste. Marie. An interesting program was offered,
including the 300-year history of the Soo Locks.
Following the week-long program, Clara and her
traveling companion spent some time in Canada be-
fore going on to Marquette to visit friends. They
returned by way of the highway following Lake
Michigan, stopping briefly in Midland, Michigan,
to visit family.
rinnea Angenmuller writes: "Ron and I had a
lovely visit from Ron's cousin, Bud Journey, his
wife, Harriett, and her mother, Laura. They had
flown from Poulsbo, Washington, to Atlanta to see
their daughter, Molly Sullivan and family, in-
cluding a new granddaughter. They drove up from
there to see us, and it was too short a visit.
Bill and Jeanine Carlin were here for several de-
lightful days, after they golfed at Fairfield
We drove to Atlanta to see Luz Joly, Mildred
Gray and Dr. Ed Tyson. Luz, Mildred and I were
students together at Florida State, and Dr. Tyson
was our professor. Since I last saw Luz, she's
become a Ph.D., a wife and a mother. She taught
this year at Miss. State, where her husband is
earning his M.A., and they'll return to the Uni-
versity of Panama in David, where they both
teach, in December. Luz flew into Atlanta for one
day to lecture in anthropology at Georgia State,
and before she had to fly home, there was a supper
party at Mildred's which included Ed's wife,
Barbara and Jim and Cindy Gray.
We visited Litchfield Beach, South Carolina,
in September, and the water was perfect for
swirling. Ron attended the Panama Canal Classic
Tournament in Dothan with Bill Dunning.
Ruth Sill's son, Fred, from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, spent several days with her in September.
Fred planned to stop in Panama on his way back to
Ruth Powell and Isabelle Gibson, from St. Pete.
drove up to Hendersonville to visit Elizabeth
Quintero the 1st of October. Isabelle went on to
Maryland and Pennsylvania and then came back to
join them for a week at Banner Elk in the Blue
Vance and Georgia Howard from St. Pete, and
Cliff and Billie Beaty of Tampa stopped by to call
on Jack and Jean Doabrowsky.
My daughter, Noralie (Roche) Shobe, from
Bellingham, Washington, was with me for ten days
Alice H. Roche
Last June, my sister, Peggy Bradley, Tuscon,
Ariz.) and I decided to tour the USA. Enroute,
I phoned numbers in hopes to get some news for my
report, but not many were home. Our route was not
direct, just where the will was, and the inter-
esting sights offered along the way. We decided
to stop in Panama City, Nebraska, to visit Clarice
Hewitt, and her daughter Harriet (Pinky Hewitt)
Dokken and family. Fortunately, they were home
and we had a very nice visit. Dr. Steve and
Pinky have a beautiful family and home. Pinky's
greenhouse/florist business is much larger than
I had imagined. It was just wonderful to see them
all again, even for the short visit we had to-
gether. We continued on to Kansas City, MD, where
we spent the evening visiting Ed and Steven
Napoleon. Ed showed us around the Royals stadium
which is really very nice, then we had dinner to-
gether. It was ever so nice to have this visit
with them as we probably would have missed them
on our visit in Florida, to their home where Marcy
was waiting for our arrival, on June 20.
Since my grandsons, Eddie and Steve Napoleon
were out of town (Eddie in Merida, Mexico, and
Steven with is dad in Kansas City, MO), Peggy,
Marcy and I spent the weekends sightseeing Flo-
rida. We took in Key West; Miami, Homestead -
Canal Castle and Tarpon Springs. I spent a night
with Olga and Paul Disharoon in St. Petersburg for
a short visit before the Florida Reunion. At the
time, our Florida visit was to end July 5 and head
north continuing on our tour. Well, that old
saying best laid plans so often go astray...they
did. July 4, I was in Dunedin's Meese Hospital
Emergency Room for five hours, before they found
the "rock" that cut my vacationing excursions to
a sudden halt.
Peg flew back to Arizona, and will return to
drive back with me, when I get the green light
from the doctors at Shands Hospital (Gainesville).
Here it is October, and I'm still in Florida with
my daughter Marcy. It's a good thing that we are
friendly and having a good time.
While in the area, my son-in-law, Ed, flew to
Panama to attend the funeral of his nephew, Joey
Lawler, who died suddenly August 17. Ed flew back
to Panama October 13 to visit his mother, Gladys
Napoleon, who has been hospitalized since October
I have received many get well cards from
friends, for which I thank you all, and some with
news for my report.
Floyd Baker will write up the NW Picnic Re-
union as I was unable to attend. From all reports
received, those who attended had a wonderful time
rekindling old friendships and making new
friends. Floyd reported the Memorial Day weekend
was celebrated with the annual get together at
Bill Lohr's home in Sequim, WA. The yard was full
with two trailers and a truck camper. Those
attending were the hosts Bill and Marty Lohr,
Cecil and Donna Caudill, Don and Sandi Seymour,
Floyd and Beverly Baker, Lee and Cathy Snider.
Last May, Floyd Baker traveled to Greensboro,
NC to visit his daughter, Carol and husband, Mike
Goodwin and grandson Brett. Beverly Baker made
the same trip on or about July 20 for the birth
of the next grandchild. Floyd also mentioned that
Ed Kennedy had a group for the Memorial Day fes-
tivities, but didn't know who was in attendance.
July 14, Tom and Marilyn Marsh were installed
as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Pioneer
Chapter #28, OES in Oregon City, Oregon. My best
wishes to you both for a very successful year.
John and Winnie Towery are doing nicely and
John is thoroughly enjoying the "hot" weather the
NW has been having this sunmer and fall.
Jack and Lucille Bunker drove down to Cali-
fornia, to visit their daughter Jackie Knowlton
and family. Their first grandson, William Harold
Knowlton, was born May 1st. Lucille's brother,
Wayne Hamilton's second grandson was born May 2.
Now the two "Granddad" are having a grand time
bragging about their new grandsons. While Jack
and Lucille were visiting the Knowltons, they were
kept busy running errands and helping the family
move. Since their return to NW, both Jack and
Lucille have had contract operations.
Ann laura Johnson's relatives from Texas were
hprp visiting for two weeks in July. Thev had a
very enjoyable visit together, although Ann Laura
has learned taking the Ferries during the sumner
season, is a very trying and frustrating ex-
perience. Her grandson, Frank Stephenson, is in
the Navy and stationed in the Great Lakes area.
Glenn and Gladys Lasher have wondered when it
will rain again in the NW. Gladys and Ann Laura
Johnson take early morning walks daily when the
weather is cooler, yet Gladys says, "the hills get
steeper each time."
My sister, Betty London, phones weekly won-
dering when I am coming home, and updating news
of my recouperation to report to friends.
In September, Marcy, Eddie Steven and I spent
a very enjoyable weekend at Marco Island swimming
and boating. The highlight of the trip was once
again revisiting Clarice Hewitt, Dr. Steve, Pinky
and Lacey Kokken, who also were visiting the area
for a short time. It was the first time Marcy and
Pinky have seen each other for many years, and
were busy updating each other on their activities.
Dr. Steve and Steven enjoyed sailing a boat off-
shore, while Clarice and I sat in air conditioned
comfort and caught up on the news.
I heard from Doris Etchberger of Dothan, AL.
She mentioned hearing from Dorothy Hayward, BHS
teacher. Doris (Spry) Etchberger, wife of Bill
Etchberger, has been in the hospital for emphysema
and now home recuperating.
I also visited with Jackie and Herb Raybourn
and family. Their son, Herbie, is enrolled as a
Junior at F.I.T. and majoring in Engineering.
Elaine, their daughter will soon be arriving from
Italy for a visit.
Closing, I wish each and all a very Merry
Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year.
Martha B. Wood
So, you've heard of or seen "The Man Who Cam
to Dinner"? Our Northwest reporter, MNpsey Wood,
went to Florida. She and a sister left early in
the spring by car. Headed for the Canal Zone
Reunion, they stopped along the way here and there
to visit former CZ friends and neighbors. In the
meantime, a number of CZ friends found their way
to the Northwest to visit our homes. First off,
Emny Lou and Howard Clark took time out, while
visiting the Sr. David Coffeys in Vancouver, to
visit us in McMinnville, OR. Ann Laura Johnson
along with Mary Stephenson drove them down to see
us. We all tripped over ourselves visiting, com-
paring notes. Took time to go out for lunch then
back home visiting, gabbing all the while. Great
fun and a real treat.
Howard Clarke and Grady Harrison
July 3, 1987
In July, Mike and Elaine Stephenson, who are
still in Panama, came to Portland visiting their
family; mother, Mary, and brothers John, Joe and
families. This junket after first stopping in
New Mexico where the Asbury family had a reunion.
A number of Lena's family were present. Parents,
Mike and Elaine left daughter, Angie, in Colorado
where she will be attending the University of
Colorado in the veterinary school. They left son,
Steven, in Austin, Texas where he is in the second
year at the University of Texas. Before de-
parting Portland, Martha (Johnson) Stephenson
threw a big bash at Sellwood Park, celebrating
Also, there was a surprise gathering for John
and Martha's son, Frank, who was soon due to be
inducted in the Navy. He graduated from boot camp
early in September and is now in Groton, CT, Sonar
Memorial Day, L-R: Don Seymour, Bill
Lohr, Marty Lohr, Bev Baker, Cecil Cau-
dill, Floyd Baker, Cathy Snider, Sandi
Seymour and Donna Caudill.
In August, the Canal Zone retirees in the
Northwest held their annual picnic in Millersvania
State park in Washington State. Beverly and
Floyd Baker were credited with place and arrange-
ment. A lovely cool spot beside a lake and with
lots of trees. We had a good turn out and a num-
ber of new faces. Michelle (Urey) Kleefkins made
it and brought to the affair 300 empanadas. She
was most generous as she passed them around a
number of times. Some kind of good. Brought back
Our missing reporter's son, Jim Wood, was
present. He announced that Mopsey was held up in
Florida due to impending surgery. Do hope all's
well Mops. Hence the reference to movie in
opening sentence. We can assume she is still in
Florida and enjoying the World Series.
The early part of October, Gloria and Pos
Parker were in Portland visiting a daughter and
grandson, Cheryl and grandson, Jesse James.
Cheryl drove them down to Mac where they had
dinner and another enjoyable gabfest. We shared
a cassette that Mary Stephenson had given us -
Mike Herring's "Panama Music". Believe I un-
Jessie James, Pos and
Gloria Parker and
derstand he did it for his father. Off hand, I'd
say he's missed his calling. He makes good music.
Word just received from Rita and Perry
Washabaugh who are at present in Dubuque, IA.
They are enjoying son James new born son Quinn.
Can't you just hear Rita purring? Rita and Perry
weren't with us at this year's picnic but say they
expect to be with us in 1988.
Bnuce and Sandy (Clinely) Sanders of Los Rios,
spent three glorious weeks this past summer tour-
ing through Scandinavia. Following the Reunion,
they flew to Copenhagen where they rented a car
and toured a little of Denmark, then drove up
through Sweden and over to Norway where they spent
a week in the Fjords "undescribably beautiful,
spectacular" are just two of the adjectives they
used for this part of the country. They drove
back to Stockholm, Sweden where they turned in
their car and took the overnight ferry to Helsinki
Finland. The next day they returned to Stockholm
where they boarded their flight to come home.
Bruce and Sandy said they will always hold great
memories of this trip and highly recommend it to
one and all.
Bruce and Sandy (Clinely) Sanders during
their trip to Scandinavia.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA HOTEL
Two Tampa City Center
JUNE 30, 1988 THURSDAY
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon; Golf at 8:30 A.M.
Registration: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM, Galleria "B"
Hospitality Suite Open: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM, Buccaneer Suite.
Vendors set up: 1:00 PM, Garrison Suite.
JULY 1, 1988 FRIDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM 9:00 AM, Breeze's Lounge.
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 AM (MEMBERS ONLY) Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Registration: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM.
Vendors: 12:00 Noon 8:00 PM. Garrison Suite.
Area Reporter's Luncheon: 12:00 Noon 2:00 PM, Buccaneer Suite
Hospitality Suite: 9:00 AM 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM.
Cash Sandwich Sale: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM, Breeze's Lounge.
Annual Panazonian Dance: 8:00 PM Midnight, Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
JULY 2,1988 SATURDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM 9:30 AM, Breeze's Lounge.
Registration: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM, 2:30 PM 4:30 PM.
Vendors: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM.
Hospitality Suite: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM.
Banquet Luncheon: 11:30 AM, Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Cash Sandwich Sale: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM, Breeze's Lounge.
Annual Ball: 8:00 PM 1:00 AM, Curtis Hixon Center.
JULY 3,1988 SUNDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM 9:00 AM, Breeze's Lounge.
Vendors: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM.
Check-out: 12:00 Noon.
1988 REUNION REGISTRATION
Co-Chairpersons Dorothy Pate and John Whitman
1. Pre-registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball, and Chagres Invitational Golf Reservation forms will
be published in the March 1988 issue of the Canal Record.
2. Registration tables will be set up Thursday through Saturday in the Hyatt's Tampa Bay Galleria "A".
3. Registration will be set up for members and guests alphabetically.
4. Registration hours shown in the Schedule of Events is tentative. A final detail of Registration hours
will be published in the March 1988 issue of the Canal Record.
5. When you register, you will be issued your name tag and your PRE-PAID Society Banquet/Luncheon and
Annual Ball tickets.
6. TICKETS will be under the NAME OF THE MEMBER WHO ORDERS THE TICKETS.
7. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BANQUET/LUNCHEON OR TO THE BALL.
8. Tickets not picked up prior to the Luncheon or Ball will be held at the entrance to the function.
NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED.
9. GOLF TOURNAMENT tickets and Non-Society sponsored functions (Class Reunions, etc.) tickets should be
picked up from te Chairperson of the function.
10. Registration during the Annual Ball will be limited to only those members who have tickets to the
Ball and are permitted entrance into Curtis Hixon Convention Center.
11. All who plan to attend the Reunion must mail in a PRE-REGISTRATION Form. This form (To be published
in the March '88 issue) will permit us to have the registration list and name tags made in advance.
1988 REUNION RESERVATIONS
No Tickets Will Be Sold At The Entrance To The
Annual Ball Or The Banquet Luncheon
1. Reservations will be accepted only from members in good standing who have paid their 1988 dues.
2. ALL reservation forms must be submitted with a completed PRE-REGISITRATION Form.
3. Reservations must be in writing using the appropriate form, to be published in the March and June '88
issues of the Canal Record.
4. The new Hotel Reservation Form must be mailed to: Muriel Whitman, 5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Peters-
burg, Florida 33709.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS 1988 REUNION
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA The 1988 Reunion Headquarters Hotel, Tampa, Florida
TAMPA HILTON, HARBOR ISLAND, HOLIDAY INN,
SHERATON-GRAND HOTEL, HYATT WESTSHORE
1. Room reservations and deposits must be mailed directly to: Muriel Whitman, 5711 53rd Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, FLorida 33709, and checks made payable to the RELNICN OO0RDINATIR.
2. Reservations must be made by using the Hotel Reservation Form provided in this issue.
3. To guarantee your room reservation you must send one night's deposit OR your Credit Card Number.
4. Room rates for one night (one to four person occupancy) is as follows: Hyatt Regency $47.00; Tampa
Hilton $47.00; Holiday Inn $46.00; Harbour Island $49.00 (two person occupancy) plus $10.00 per
additional person; Sheraton-Grand $47.00: Hyatt Westshore $48.00.
5. Reservation cut-off date is June 1, 1988. Reservations will be accepted until the Society's room
blocks are filled. After the cut-off date, rooms will be on a space available basis and Reunion rates
cannot be guaranteed.
6. Hotel reservations will be confirmed in writing by the Hotels.
7. The Hyatt Regency Hotel will have free guest parking. Overflow parking for the Hyatt will be in the
city's Ft. Brooke Garage (Attached to the Hyatt by a covered concourse).
8. Other hotels will also provide free parking. The Harbour Island Hotel parking charges are $3.00 per
day (added to room bill).
9. Hotels will provide free Limo service to and from Tampa Airport. The Harbour Island Hotel provides
Limo service TO the Tampa Airport only.
10. Major credit cards may be used for payment of all hotel services.
11. The Hyatt Regency has rooms that can accommodate Handicapped Guests. If you require one of these
special rooms, please note your needs under the "Special Requests" section of the Reservation Form.
12. Transportation between the Tampa Airport and the Hyatt Regency Hotel is available through their own
shuttle bus system.
13. Hotel check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Chairman Harry Foster
1. The Curtis Hixon Convention Center is five-minutes walking time (3 to 4 blocks) between hotels 1-4 on
your Reservation Form. During the evening of the Annual Ball, the Society has arranged for Security
Guards to be positioned along the walkling route between hotels 1-4 for your convenience.
2. For those members who are unable to walk to the Curtis Hixon Center, the Society will have two shut-
tle busses operating between the hotels and Curtis Hixon Center.
3. To members arriving by air at the Tampa Airport: Upon picking up your luggage in the baggage area,
you may use the Hotel's shuttle bus service to the Hyatt Regency. Those members staying at the Tampa
Hilton or the Holiday Inn (old Ashley Plaza) should use the direct line telephone in the baggage area
and arrange for their hotel's shuttle-van for pick-up. This service to these hotels is free.
4. The return trip to the airport from these hotels should be arranged with the hotel's Bell Captain.
The Limo service has regularly scheduled trips.
VENDORS CANAL MEMORABILIA
Chairman Bill Wheeler
1. Vendors must submit a Vendor's Application Form with the Coordinator, 1988 Reunion.
2. Vendor's Application Forms may be obtained by requesting the form from Bill Wheeler, 12504 Wild
Turkey Lane, Bayonet Point, Florida, 34667.
3. A Vendor's Fee of $100.00 per vendor has been established by the Society's Ececutive Board.
4. Only twelve (12) vendors will be permitted to the 1988 Reunion due to the small area.
5. Approval of a Vendor's Application will be based on the fact that the items to be sold are related to
Panama Canal memorabilia. Approved applications will be issued on a first come first served basis.
6. Applications refused will be returned to the applicant and all fees returned.
7. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the sole right to reproduce or use the official
Society emblem, therefore the use of the Society's emblem on items for sale by vendors is prohibited.
8. When an application is approved, an "Authorized Vendor's" card will be issued and must be displayed
on the table assigned to the vendor. Only Society members are authorized to sell.
9. Due to the limited space, only one table (approx. 2x6 ft.) will be assigned to each vendor. After the
cut-off date, June 5, 1988, additional tables may be assigned at no extra fee if space is available.
10. The Society will not be responsible for arranging storage of vendor's materials. Store rooms are not
available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. /
11. The deadline for receiving Vendor's Applications is June 5, 1988.
12. As this is a membership function attended by members only vendors are requested to keep this in
mind when establishing their mark-up on items for sale.
1988 REUNION ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1988
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Ninth Annual Golf Tournament is still in the planning stages. Final details and reservation form
will be published in the March '88 issue of the Canal Record.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988 10:00 A.M.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
President Muriel Whitman
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the member-
ship BE THERE for the election of Officers, Committee Reports and Society business.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!!
1. Only members in good standing (1988 dues paid) will be permitted to attend the Annual Business Meet-
2. Upon registering at the door, MEMBERS will be issued a Gift Lottery Ticket.
3. Before adjourning the Annual Business Meeting, there will be a drawing for several gifts donated by
the memorabilia vendors.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER, AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR GIFT LOTTERY TICKET.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988 8:00 P.M.
THIRD ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
Chairman Carl Starke
1. The Society has planned this informal dance for members, to take place in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom
from 8:00 P.M. until Midnight. No reservations are necessary.
2. This is NOT a BYOB affair the Hyatt will have cash bars in the area. The Hyatt's restaurant will
remain open after the dance.
3. Live music will be provided by Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra Band.
4. To comply with Safecy Regulations of the Hotel, seating will be limited to 1,800 only. An entrance
fee may be charged and entrance to the dance limited to those with tickets only, at the discretion of
the Executive Board.
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 1988- 11:30 A.M.
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone
TIME: Doors open at 11:30 AM. Luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon.
PLACE: Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
TICKETS: Maximum tickets per member is ten (10). Ticket price not determined at this time.
SEATING: Will be assigned at round tables seating 10 persons each. Seating is limited to 1,000.
MENU: Fresh Fruit Cup, Beef Teriyaki with stir fried rice, Oriental vegetables, Rolls, Butter,
Apple Tart, Coffee or Tea.
DEADLINE: Cut-off date for sale of tickets is June 10, 1988 or the first 1,000 reservations, which
ever is first.
REFUNDS: Cancellation requests must be received by June 20, 1988 for your money refund.
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 1988 8:00 P.M.
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Chairman Carl Starke
LOCATION: Curtis Hixon Convention Center, 600 Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida.
TIME: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
TICKETS: Price has not yet been determined. Tickets may be ordered in advance through the reser-
vation form printed in the March and June '88 Canal Records. Unsold tickets will be placed
on sale at the Hospitality Suite at a slightly higher price.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE CURTIS HIXON CONVENTION CENTER.
RESERVATIONS: Will be limited to six (6) per membership (member, spouse/companion and four (4) guests.
They will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Only 3,000 reservations will be
accepted. No table assignments will be made. Only tables reserved will be for the Reunion
Committee and Past Presidents.
MUSIC: Continuous live music by Tito Mouynes at the organ, and Charlie Cooper and his Latino "Cop-
DRESS: Semi-formal No Shorts.
DRINKS: NO B.Y.O.B. BECB is not permitted. Drinks must be purchased from the Curtis Hixon Cash-
PARKING: Available at the Curtis Hixon Parking Deck (for a fee) or parking meter spaces in the area
which are free after 5:00 PM. We recommend walking to and from the hotels, if you are stay-
ing at one of the hotels 1-4 on the Reservation Form.(Just a 3-4 block walk 5 minutes).
SECURITY: The Society has arranged for SECURITY GUARDS to be positioned along the routes between the
hotels 1-4 (on Reservation Form) and the Curtis Hixon Center.
DEADLINE: The cut-off for reservations will be the first 3,000 reservations, or June 10, 1988, which
ever is first. Any tickets remaining after June 10 will be placed on sale at the Hospital-
ity Suite at a slightly higher price per ticket.
REFUNDS: Cancellation requests must be received by June 20, 1988 in order to have your money refun-
ded on the sale of Ball tickets.
1988 Reunion Reservation Forms
1. Pre-Registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball and Golf Tourament Forms, including all pertinent de-
details and instructions will be published in the March and June 1988 issues of the Canal Record.
2. Any and all advance payments to the Society for its 1988 Reunion activities prior to the March 1988
publication of the Canal Record will not be accepted, and advance payments will be returned to the
3. Hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible. Select the hotel and make your lodging reser-
vation. A Hotel Reservation Form is included in this section. Mail the reservation form to: Muriel
lhitman, 5711 53rd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709. MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO THE RI~UWGI
COORDINATOR. DO NOT MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO THE HOTEL AS THIS MAY DELAY YOUR RESERVATION.
4. Hotel room rates for single to quad (1 to 4) person capacity are as follows: Hyatt Regency (the Head-
quarters hotel): $47.00/night; Tanpa Hilton: $47.00/night; Holiday Inn: $46.00/night; Harbour Island:
$49.00 (two person occupancy)/night, plus $10.00 per each additional person; Sheraton-Grand: $47.00/
night; Hyatt Westshore: $48.00/night.
5. All reservations must be made in writing using the proper form.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
DUES ARE DELINQUENT 1 FEBRUARY 1988
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Drive to your Golf Tournament or out to Dinner!!
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By special arrangement...
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
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These special rates are available one week before
and one week after the Reunion and you may pick
up and return your car to any AVIS rental loca-
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for each additional mile. Refueling, sales tax
and optional CDW, PAl and PEP are additional.
TO RESERVE YOUR CAR and assure availability:
Call the special Avis convention toll-free number
1-800-331-1600. Please give the reservation sales
agent your Avis Worldwide discount number -
to ensure you receive these special rates.
(Delivery to hotel, call 221-1666 on arrival)
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mileage on any Avis car Plus. the GM or other fine car
you rent from Avis will be clean and travel-ready to help
get you down to business faster
Call 1-800-331-1600 now to reserve your car and take
advantage of special convention savings iBe sure to
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number as printed on the reverse side ) Then just com-
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when you pick up your car Its that easy
Important: Even it you do not reserve in advance, be
sure to bring this I D card with you to your convention
II you need a car at the convention, it will still entitle you
to the special savings (Subtect to the availability of cars.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion
June 30 July 2, 1988
HOTEL RESERVATION FORM
This form is designed to minimize mistakes regarding Hotel Reservations for the 1988 Reunion. Fill out
this form in its entirety. Any deletions of information may delay your reservation.
Reservations must be made in the name of the person responsible (Member). List the names of all people
who will be occupying the room.
Only members' reservations will be accepted one (1) reservation, and one (1) room per membership at
the Panama Canal Society of Florida rate.
Mail reservations to:
5711 53rd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709
HOTEL CHOICE List preference from 1 6.
1. Hyatt Regency Tampa (F-502)
2. __ Tampa Hilton
3. Harbour Island Hotel
4. Holiday Inn (old Ashley Plaza)
5. Sheraton-Grand Hotel (old Lincoln)
6. Hyatt Westshore
TYPE ROOM REQUESTED
Suite 1 BR
Suite 2 BR
$49.00 additional $10 charge for
$46.00 each additional person.
NAMES OF ALL OCCUPANTS:
Please guarantee my reservations by the following:
One night's deposit $ enclosed. AMEX
Other Card Number
All reservations must be received by June 1, 1988. Reservations received after this
date cannot be guaranteed the reduced convention rate.
5711 53rd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL. 33709
CALL NOW AND
Delta Air Lines in cooperation with the Panama Canal Society is offering a special rates which afford a 5% bonus
off Delta's published round trip fares, within the United States and San Juan providing all rules and conditions of
the airfares are met. All you have to do is call this number 1-800-241-6760, for your reservations 8:00 a.m. 8:00
p.m., Eastern Time Daily.
File Number J0316
This special discount Is available
ONLY through this number.
If special fares don't coincide with your travel dates, a 40% discount off Delta's unrestricted round trip coach rates
will be offered. (Canadian originating attendees will receive a 35% savings). Seven days advance reservations and
ticketing will be required.
*Certain restrictions may apply. Markets may vary.
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David Hawthorne was a houseguest of John and
Mary Coffey's in September. It was David's first
visit to Panama in 26 years. He arrived Saturday
night and Sunday morning found us heading to the
Atlantic side where David proceeded to use three
rolls of film in two hours. I think he took one
roll just on his old house, directly behind the
Miraculous Medal Church. While he was taking pic-
tures of his house, the owners drove up, so they
were included in the photos too. The rest of the
tour around New Cristobal was quite mind-blowing
for both of us. As we drove we were remembering
all the people who lived in the houses amazing
how it all came back to David after so many years.
Father Brian Cox and "friends."
Father Brian Cox of Westminster, Maryland and
mom Shirley (Carpenter) Cox of Charlottsville,
Virginia visited Panama and Costa Rica following
the Reunion this surnmer. While in Panama they
visited friends and made a couple trips to the In-
terior. They made a visit to New Cristobal -
Shirley laughed and said the only pleasant thing
was seeing her old house, catty corner from the
old Cristobal High School (moment of silence!);
the people living in it have made it quite attrac-
tive from the outside. From Panama they flew to
Costa Rica where they spent a pleasant five days
visiting old family friends. While there they
also had a nice visit with Harry (Clarence) and
Joan (Coffey) Rienks and their two children, Alex
and Monica. They flew back to Panama for an over-
night and left the following day for Westminster
(Resurrection Farm Brian's parish) where on Sun-
day, July 26th, they celebrated Shirley's 79th
birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY! (And may we
all be blessed with your pep and vitality when we
are 79 years young!)
Betty (Berg) Tajiani, Inez (Berg) Curtis
and Janice (Berg) SWanstrom, daughters
of Curtis and Margarita Berg. First time
together after 12 years! Tampa, Sept'87
Students at Balboa Elementary School
were recently treated to a visit by
Thomas Jefferson during the schoolwide
celebration of the 200th anniversary of
the U.S. Constitution. Jefferson, who is
really Michael Baker of the PCC Store-
house Division, enchanted students with
authentic attire and witty remarks. Stu-
dents, parents and guests celebrated
with a Pledge to the Flag, songs, bell
ringing and a special cake.
Cristobal High School was the most devastating
sight to both of us. We walked all around it and
said nothing the lumps in our throats would not
allow us to speak. The Washington Hotel picked
up our spirits somewhat it has been maintained
pretty well. From there we drove out to Gatun
where we had a nice visit with Bill and Ginny
Rankin. Over the next two weeks, David was kept
pretty busy Bobby Joe and Molly (Engelke)
Williford took him to a football game, to Santa
Clara and El Valle, and had him over for several
fish dinners, which David had been craving. On
one of our visits to the Atlantic side, we had
lurch with Andy Lim, Henry and Sunny (Morland)
Mizrachi, Ned and Mike Coffey Blennerhassett,
Billy Rankin and Ralph Boggs. Billy Rankin took
us on a "VIP" tour of the Industrial Division,
which we enjoyed. The true highlight of David's
trip was in seeing the Hawthorne Family's house-
keeper of many years, Alexandria James. The story
of how he found her is something in itself, but
he had no idea if she was still alive or if he
would be fortunate enough to find her. He did,
and they had a wonderful, heartwarming reunion.
The employee of The French Bazaar on Front Street
was instrumental in helping David find the area
in which Alexandria lives, and he is very grateful
for the assistance.
CLOSURE PLATES Locks Division crews
install closure plates on miter gate 121
before it is placed in the water by the
floating crane, "Hercules."
Ed Armbruster just returned from a fact-finding
trip to Kenya, East Africa. Information was
gathered for KIM and Gordon Dalton Travel Agency,
who are joined forces to put together Safaris for
people from Panama who can be joined by "State-
siders" for an incredible adventure trip. Ed
spent six days on various Safaris plus several
days in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Trips are
being planned for March and June with a package
that will be greatly reduced. Ed met with the
largest tour operator in Kenya and negotiated for
a package to include Safaris to the best camps,
a cross section of Kenya crossing the beautiful
country with side trips to the lovely coastal city
of Mombasa for diving in the Indian Ocean. This
is considered one of the finest diving sights in
the world. The program will include 10 days in
Kenya and 6 days in Holland and neighboring
countries as KLM flies to Amsterdam from Panama
enroute to Kenya. Also, KIM has service out of
New York, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and soon
out of Orlando, all destined to Amsterdam. KLM
will also be offering a special fare for the first
several trips leaving from Panama or the U.S.;
however, ticketing and reservations must be made
from Gordon Dalton or from Ed to get the special
rate. A tour of Holland will be included, at no
extra cost, with extended stay possible in both
continents without incurring penalties from the
airline. How's that for a deal?
Wh.ie in Kenya, Ed visited the Karen Blixen
Museum where the author of "Out of Africa" lived
and the movie of her life there was filmed. Ed
says, "Every day was exciting and beautiful. the
camps were first class along with the finest of
food being served. There is no way to begin to
describe the sensation of mingling with the ani-
mals, feeding, observing, and coming as close as
several feet from big game which included ele-
phants, lions, giraffes, leopards and other
animals and birds in their natural habitat."
Crisscrossing the Equator several times, one would
think the country hot and humid. "No so", says
Ed. '"Even during the hottest part of the day I
was comfortable in a sweater. The morning and
evenings were wonderfully cool. Kenya was not what
I had' envisioned it was so much more. Besides
the animals, visiting the Maasai, Somali, Samburu
tribes, observing their customs and traditional
dances were also a highlight."
Holland is an enchanting place to visit this
time of year. Tours were arranged to the cities
of Amsterdam, Rotterdame, The Hague, Delft, and
to the largest commercial building in the world,
which covers the area of 55 football fields. There
was a Flower Auction in Aasmer, Holland, where cut
flowers are auctioned to buyers from all over the
world. "What a sight", said Ed. "With a rental
car, I drove to the Dutch city of Maastricht, near
the German/Belgium border in South Holland.
Visiting Maastricht, Holland's oldest and most
romantic city, is like stepping back centuries in
time. This really is a trip of trips and some-
thing to get excited about. Plan on joining me
for ihe next one. Please write me for details."
Ed's address is PSC Box 814, APO Miami 34002.
Mary (tbrland) Coffey
DUES ARE DELINQUENT 1 FEBRUARY 1988
Vicky Dowell Green, hubby Mike and son Zachary
are doing great! Vicky often brings Zach to visit
with Theresa Herring and her gang in Gatun. The
Greens, who currently live in Santa Rita, Panama,
are making plans to relocate in the U.S., probably
in Florida, and also preparing for another "tiny"
Congratulations to this year's Cristobal High
School Homecoming Queen Joann Eckel! The members
of her court are Michelle Calvo, Dina Roman, Sher-
ry Acquininoc and Julie Irvin, and they will reign
at the Homecoming festivities November 5-7. Every-
one is hoping our Tigers will win their homecoming
game, especially after winning one the other night
at 22-8. People are still talking about that!
The other thing folks are talking about on the
sports scene is Gayle Fettler Rankin's unbeaten
girl's basketball team! If they can hold onto what
they've got through the tournament, the girl
Tigers will surely bring the trophy home!
Susan (Lessiack) and Lewis Stabler and
their boys, Robbie and Timmy, outside
St. Mary's in Balboa.
Karen Palumbo is busy readying the Gatun Com-
munity Youth Center for its grand opening soon.
This falls under Pan Canal's Employee Fitness
Branch, more or less replacing and upgrading the
old Red Barn concept. Karen has appreciated the
help of some of our Gatun kids, including Mark
Boggs, Zack Grey, Angel Keith, Darrell and Dyonne
Canamis, Ray and J. Laatz, Gerald Corrigan, Jimmy
Brown, Paul Pedersen, Paul and Sonia Petroni, Jen-
nifer Rankin, Ricky Alvarez and David Miller.
Anastasia Kapatulik, Principal of Fort Gulick
Elementary School, and kindergarten teacher Mary
Perkins recently had this year's kindergarten bury
a time capsule to be opened in the year 2000, the
year they'll graduate from high school! The class
includes Cristopher Herring, Allison Doubek and
Caroline Adema from Gatun. We can't help wondering
who will still be here to open it when the year
2000 rolls around. Last one out, turn out the
Penny Canan~s, Elinor Johnson and Doris Willis
recently hosted a baby shower for Bonnie Willis
Seeley, whose baby is due any day. Penny decorated
a cake for the occasion, which was held at the
Elks Club in Margarita.
The Committee for the restoration of the Gatun
Church of the Imnmaculate Conception is still wel-
coming all donations. We held a Fish Fry at Gatun
Yacht Club on October 17 and served over 200! If
you've been meaning to make a donation but just
haven't done so yet, please do it today. Checks
may be made out to: Church of the Inmaculate Con-
ception and mailed to Apartado 36-078, Gatun, Rep.
de Panama. Our reserve is scraping bottom.
Word was received recently from former Atlantic
siders Jim and Cathy Hinz, who now live at 1017,
14th St, N., Fargo, ND 58102. Jim has his teacher
certification now and is interviewing for teacher
positions. Both are dieting, which makes sense
where Jim is concerned, but Cathy?? Jim says he
had a great time at the reunion in Florida but
spent way too much moola!
Some people brag about their kids, but Sunny
Morland Mizrachi and family, including mother,
Virginia Woodhull Morland, brother and sister-in-
law, Robin and Patrina Guarnieri, sister, Carol
Mead and husband, Bert, sister Sally Williams and
husband, Tom, plus Joe and Bev Bowman Wood can't
stop talking about their Alaskan cruise. For 11
days they enjoyed beautiful August sweater weather
aboard the Royal Viking Sky. It was the same ship
some of the family cruised on in 1982 just before
the vessel was jumboized.
Enjoying "Italian Night" aboard the
ROYAL VIKING SKY are L-R: Bert Mead,
Sally Morland Williams, Carol Morland
Mead, Tom Williams, Sunny Morland Miz-
rachi, Patrina Guarnieri Morland, Robin
Morland, Virginia Woodhull Morland, Joe
Wood and Bev Bowman Wood.
Not quite so fancy but no less fun was this
year's annual White Beach fishing tournament, now
held on Isla Grande, with home base being Cabanas
Jackson. A good group headed out over the Labor
Day weekend, including Mack and Sylvia Glass Lan-
drum, Collin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan, Vincent
and Penny Wilder Canamis, Robert and Gayle Fettler
Rankin, Mike Bell, Mike Andrews, Lennie Wertz,
Ren6 Nellis, Sonia and Richard Burchette, Ned and
Mike Coffey Blennerhassett, John and Mary Morland
Coffey, Timmy and Taffy Corrigan, Larry and Sue
Mitten Corrigan, Robert and Jackie Fearon and
George and Luz Patton. The booby prize was won by
Mike Andrews, and beyond that, all we can say is
that everyone had a great time!
Lots of Christmas visitors will be coming to
the Atlantic side this year, but the most emotion-
al homecoming may be Billy Snider. He was promised
the trip as soon as he could walk well enough to
get around, following an automobile accident over
two years ago. His hard work and that of his
parents and family, along with everyone's prayers
has paid off. Billy will spend a week in Gatun
this Christmas with his sister, Theresa Snider
Herring and her family.
Finally, Cristobal High School has nominated
five girls to attend the Close-up program in Wash-
ington, D.C. this Spring. The nominees are Kindra
Rankin, Leslie Johnson, Mickey Valdes, Sandra Ren-
no and Stacey Herron. They will be busy in the
coming months raising money for their trip.
As you can see, we're all hanging in there!
We held our quarterly luncheon at the Sheraton
in Columbia, S.C., and it was lovely. 26 members
and 3 guests were present. Glad to meet Kathleen
Buckett, B.J. Hartley's sister, and Grace's sister
Bea Lee was there. Nancy and son Chris Coffey,
daughter of Sis and Bill York, were guests Chris
enjoyed the party because he took his shoes and
socks off and dangled them in the pool! Present
were: Olga Holmes, President; VP Evelyn Hilborn
and hubbie Howard; Kay Pierce, Secretary/Treas.;
Billie and Bob Rowe; Leona and Paul Badonsky;
James and Eletheer Catron; John Everson; Fina and
Frank Balinski; Phyllis and Ray Woodsell; Caroline
Westendorff and Jim's sister Edna Reavis; Ethel
and DeWitt Tate and Peggy Hutchison.
The Catron's granddaughter and grandson, Karen
and Ed Latterhas of Mississippi, visited and
traveled with their grandparents to a Catron re-
union in Rural, Virginia. In August, Winnie, Rod
and Dennis Bromes from Miami visited overnight
with the Catrons. Jim had a hernia operation and
couldn't play golf for two months! They had plan-
ned to go to the Alabama bash, but Jim had an ear
infection and had to cancel. Peg Hutchison was
going with them, but since it was a last minute
cancellation, she decided not to try driving down
alone. Next year!
John Everson visited Mary Stewart in Virginia
Beach and had a great time. He keeps the roads hot
between here and Florida, and in between times, he
helps out as a Visitor Control volunteer at our
We were saddened to lose one of our members -
our Area Reporter's husband, Vernon (Lee) Clontz
passed away on September 20th. (see With Deep Sor-
row). Memorial and burial services were held in
Olga Holmes went to New Jersey to visit family
and enjoyed crabbing and fishing. She had daughter
Bebe's children during the summer and attended the
Reunion in Tampa.
Lorna Shore is recovering from eye surgery and
Nora Green is in the hospital for a checkup.
She's having some physical problems and we wish
her a speedy recovery. She and Charles and daugh-
ter were at the Reunion in Tampa and visited with
her sisters. E.J. Scott from Garland, Texas, form-
er Atlantic side policeman, stopped in Aiken for
Verna and Andy Kapinos, along with daughter
Carol and Robert Smith (Col. USAF) and their two
sons attended the Reunion. It was Carol's and Rob-
ert's first they attended Robert's Class Re-
union. They are stationed at Carlysle AFB, Penn.,
and daughter Melissa is a cadet at the Air Force
Academy in Colorado Springs. The Kapinos traveled
to Maryland to visit daughter Linda and hubbie and
baby daughter. Verna celebrated her birthday there
with Carol and family joining her, also members of
her family. Red and Alice Nail from Arkansas also
visited them at Linda's.
Billie and Bob Rowe had their son Bobbie and
family for a brief visit expect them back for
The Menges spent the summer months in Virginia
visiting Paul and family, who live in Manassas.
They also visited daughter Judy and family in New-
port News, Virginia.
A note from Helen (Rood) Ramsey, Ladson, S.C.
says they just moved from Augusta, Georgia, and
will be moving to Anderson, S.C. in December.
Hubbie Hugh is an Air Traffic Controller. Her par-
ents, Ken and Ginger Rood of Kentucky visited them
to celebrate helen's daughter's 3rd birthday.
Ken and Ginger Rood at Ft. Sumter, S.C.
Glenn Evans wrote that a group of Zonians and
families and friends met at Rick Brady's new coun-
try estate just outside of Columbia, S.C. Those
attending: Nancy (Spiros) Brady, BHS'73; Rick
Brady, Class '69; Mary Jean (Brady) Barrance and
Glenn Evans, Class '65; Jerry (Tiger) Maloney,
Class '65; George and Jean Evans, and Fritters, a
Curundu trailer dog!
Back L-R: Charles Barranco, Nancy (Spi-
ros) Brady, Rick Brady, Mary Jean Brady
Barranco, George and Jean Brady. Mid L-
R: Glenn Evans, Jerry Maloney, Ginger
Barranco with Billy Brady. Front: Ryan
Brady, in Columbia, S.C.
Blanche (Adler) and Carl Browne are still in
New Hampshire at this writing hope they don't
get snowbound! They have been traveling all over,
as usual. Carl visited his family in Avon, N.Y.,
attended a reunion at Cornell University with Ed
MacVittie, then on to Canaan. N.H. for three weeks
where daughter Nancy and Carl's brother and wife
and a niece and family visited them. Blanche flew
to Atlanta on July 4 to meet Carl. They flew to
Anchorage, Alaska to join a USAA-Westours for a 15
day trip through Alaska. They traveled by luxury
train, bus, Motor Vessel through the glaciers on
the inner passage, had five days on Holland Amer-
ican Line from Juneau to Vancouver, stopping at
Sitka. Visited Seattle for four days and begam an
11-day bus trip through the Canadian Rockies. Went
river rafting (thrilling!), took a side trip to
Calgary to see the site for the 1988 Winter Olym-
pics; stayed in Vancouver three days, took the
Canadian Pacific to Montreal, returning to Colum-
bia for a short time and off by car to Canaan, NH.
From there they flew to Ireland for a 10-day trip
with a group of golfers from Cornell. They played
9 rounds every day, the rest went sightseeing over
the beautiful country. Upon returning to N.H., had
a visit from Ed Kienzle (formerly with United
Fruit Co. in ColonO, and they have seen Bea and
Worden French, Mary and Ed Doolan, Rosemary and
Colin Campbell. All are well. The Campbell's
(Cristobal High) are leaving for La Paz, Bolivia,
for a month.
Peggy Hutchison attended the Reunion along with
daughter Dianne Cox and hubbie Dianne's first,
and she loved it! Peg took a flying weekend trip
to Cleveland, Ohio in early August, then in mid-
August, she flew to Washington, D.C. to visit her
brother-in-law and family, and on up to Prince
Edward Island, Canada to visit relatives. Upon her
return, daughter Vicki and Bob Boukalis arrived
from Panama. While Vic and Mom toured the stores,
Bob visited with Dianne and Jerry Cox, spending
all his time fishing with Jerry. They flew from
here to Virginia to visit Helen and Wally Mathews,
then on to Texas to visit Bob's Mom and Dad and
family and Vicki's brother Gary and family. While
there, they toured with the Boukalis' to Las Vegas
and saw the Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, and sev-
eral other interesting spots. They also visited
Doris and Jean Burns in Oklahoma.
Peggy is going over to London for a week on a
"Showtime" tour, October 19th.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December
10, at 1:00 P.M., luncheon at Wisteria Manor,
Greetings from the Austin area. We have
several topics for this edition and begin with two
important address changes:
Thelma and Harry Chan moved to their new home,
and celebrated with a surpirse housewarming/birth-
day party for Harry; their new address is: 10800
Burnwood Drive, Austin, Texas 78758. Tommie lou
and Milton (Bud) Horter have moved to 6604 Del-
monico Drive, Austin, Texas 78759.
In a departure from the usual (our monthly
dinner at an Austin restaurant), the nomadic
nibblers were treated to a backyard covered-dish
supper at the lovely home of Dean and Barbara
Hause, in Manchaca, Texas. In these parts,
Manchaca is pronounced "man-shack". It was ob-
vious that hospitality, and care of their home,
is high on their list of priorities. Attending
the most enjoyable supper were: Nelva and John
Simnons, Aurora and Bill LeBrun, Barbara and Bucky
Krueger, Dona and Gerry LePage, Eugenia and Henry
lee, Ann and Joe Dolan, Jo Ann and Jack Morton,
Tcamie Lou Horter, Val Schroeter, Thelma and Harry
Chan, and Georgia and Ted Corin; (Thelma, Harry,
Georgia and Ted regularly swim in Barton Springs
Pool and enjoy the constant 68 degree temperature
of the clear spring water there. Ted wants you
to know that Georgia is still into quarter
Gerry lePage told us about Dean's introduction
to this group. Dona and Gerry also live in
Manchaca, hosted a luncheon at their home for
Julianne Cardill; other guests were Vivian
Simmons, Sally and Leonard Talbert, and Barbara
and Bucky Krueger. To help their guests find the
proper residence, Gerry posted a sign "Zonians
Aqui" on the street. While everyone was enjoying
lunch on the patio, Dean peered around the corner
of the house and introduced himself as the mailman
whose route included the LePage household. Dean
had not previously known that Dona and Gerry were
from the Canal Zone. Incidentally, Dean used the
same, very helpful sign to assist us in finding
The notices have been mailed announcing the
Hill Country Zonians' Christmas Party at the Inn
Of The Hills, Kerrville, TX on December 12, 1987.
Registration and Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m.
with dinner being served at 7:30 p.m. Les
Johnston, Chairman, and his committee are working
hard to make this event outstanding. We hope the
young people will join us. They would be most
welcare and we would appreciate their input for
future affairs. We extend an invitation to anyone
who will be in this area at the time of the party.
Call Les Johnston (512) 257-8514 or Elsie larson
Jackie and Dale Bishop had a visit from her
brother, Douglas C. Schnidt, his wife, Sharon
(Booth) and their daughter, Cheryl, during the
Summer. Doug and family came to Kerrville after
a visit to Tallahassee at the home of brother,
John E. (Bill) Schnidt, Jr. John made his second
trip to Germany to research the Schmidt family
tree. In September, the Bishops went to Maryland
to visit with Jackie's parents, John and Kitty
Schmidt of Pasadena, MD. While there, they spent
a day with Delta Sampsell, a former nurse at
Gorgas Hospital, in her home in Frederick, MD.
They also spent two days at Rockville visiting
Dale's daughter, Edie. Dale and Edie played golf
together at the Bethesda and Chevy Chase Country
Clubs. Edie is an excellent golfer and enjoys the
game as much as her dad. She is employed at the
National Institute of Health in Bethesda. While
there, they also had a visit with Edie's mother,
Connie (Trowbridge) Bishop, who is retired -from
NIH and spends her time golfing and playing
tennis. Later they drove to Lewisburg, West VA
to see Dale's mother and sister. The drive was
beautiful, especially on the Skyline Drive in the
Shenendoah National Park. It was a great two week
visit with family and friends, seeing the beauti-
ful country and eating the good food especially
the Maryland crabs.
Larry and Nancy (Basham) Stanford with their
two children, drove from their home in Copell, TX
with Fay Stanford of Ft. Worth, TX to Kerrville.
They came to spend the weekend with Barbara
(Rhyne) Stanford and her two children from
Cardenas, Panama who were visiting her parents, the
H.G. Rhynes. It was a fun weekend and it gave
the four cousins a chance to get re-acquainted.
Bill Stanford drove from his home in Burleson, TX
the following week to visit his grandchildren and
daughter-in-law, Barbara. While in Texas,
Barbara had the opportunity to meet her girlhood
friend, Vielka (Pena) Pink, and her two children
from South Carolina. Vielka was visiting her
mother, YaYa Jackson, and her sisters, Marilyn,
Myrna and Trixie, in Schertz, TX. It was the
first time for Vielka and Barbara to get together
in 13 years and an added excitement to watch
their children playing together. Mary (Jackson)
Idola from New Jersey, was also visiting her
sister-in-law, YaYa and nephew, Tommy Jackson.
Tonny is retired from the U.S. Air Force and will
make his home in California. It was the first
time that Mary and Bea had seen each other since
Balboa High School days and they spent their time
YaYa, Marilyn, Vielka Jackson and Mary
Tommy Jackson and Mary (Jackson) Idola
Elsie larson was guest of honor at a Grandma
Shower hosted by Marilyn Carter and Muriel
Johnston, in the Johnston home. Each guest was
asked to bring a baby picture of herself. It was
fun trying to guess who belonged to each pic-
ture everyone was assured of getting at least
one right!! The games played were won by Anna
Lee Young and Marion Wells. The song,
"Kerrville Grandmas", composed and sung by Lonnie
Johnston, was played for the grandmas' enjoyment.
Elsie was in Spokane, Washington at the time of
arrival of her first grandchild, Teara Mari,
daughter of Terry Lee and Deloris Autry.
Iris Hogan has been hospitalized twice this
summer. The happy times were visits from her two
children and family. Iris is recuperating at
Bill and Sue Graham, along with daughter Donna
and her family, spent a delightful weekend on
Padre Island, Texas. They enjoyed the sand and
surf and were amazed at the growth of the area
since their last visit ten years ago.
Bill and Gig Fleckenstein went to Panama to
attend two family weddings. It was their first
trip back since their retirement. Gigi said Panama
is beautiful. Speaking of Panama, it was a sad
day, October 4, 1987, when the Star and Herald
closed its doors after 138 years because of eco-
nomic pressures. It was the oldest English lang-
uage newspaper on the Pacific Coast of the Ameri-
Harvey and Bea Rhyne have just returned from
a three-week trip. It began in Houston, Texas
where they attended a surprise party for Bea's
cousin, David Ellis' 50th birthday. His mother,
Addie Ellis and sister, Camille (Ellis) Jones
flew in from California for the surprise. From
Houston, the Rhynes drove to La Grange, GA and
then on to Dothan, AL where they were able to see
Jean Harris and her sons, Marshall and Mickey, and
EFmi and Jack Dover. Also Alice (Strauss) Mclean
whom they had not seen in 40 years. Alice and Don
McLean were the attendants in Harvey's and Bea's
wedding. They were sorry that time did not permit
their seeing all their friends in Dothan. From
Dothan, they drove to Pinellas Park, FL and
visited Billie (Bowen) Martin, her sisters, Jackie
(Bowen) Hall and mother, Aulean Bowen. While
visiting Mom Bowen in her retirement home, they
had an added bonus of seeing Marion Graham. In
St. Pete, they visited Henri Skeie and Harry
Foster, Nealie Van Siclen and Bob and Nancy Van
Siclen. Again, time did not permit them to see
all their old friends, but they did partake of the
delicious seafoods. They continued down the
Florida Turnpike to Princeton to their son's home.
Harvey, Sonia and children made them most welcome
and showed them their part of the country. Hurri-
cane Floyd chased them home! It was a fun trip,
but they were glad to be home.
Elsie and Ed larson had Ralph Hepner visit them
over one weekend. Ralph is living in Dallas and
working in Texas. He is the son of Dorothy and
Ed Hepner, formerly of Margarita, Panama, and re-
tired in Jacksonville. Florida.
The Ridge family,
Members of the Ridge family gathered in Corpus
Christi, Texas on July 24-26, 1987, for a cele-
bration the Profession of Final Vows of Sister
Theresa Ann Ridge. Sister is the former Mary
Ridge (BHS '62), daughter of Mrs. Julia Belle
(Wilson) Ridge (BHS '38) and the late John Eugene
Ridge, Jr., (BHS '34). Bishop Ignatius Glennie,
S.J., was the main celebrant for the Mass, accom-
panied by several priests of the diocese, at the
Incarnate Word Convent Chapel. The chapel was
filled to capacity with Sister Therese Ann's many
friends in the area, members of the diocese,
former college classmates from San Antonio, and
relatives. The Sisters of the Incarnate Word and
Blessed Sacrament then hosted a lovely reception
for all who shared in this Eucharistic Celebra-
tion. Family members attending were: Julie
Ridge, daughter, Cathey Adams, and grandson,
Damian Adams; Mrs. Robert L. Ridge ("Pat"), daugh-
ter, osemnarie ("Dusti"), and granddaughter, Rita
Blaise Russell, and daughter, Joan Ridge; Vince
and Dottie Ridge, daughter, Sue, and daughter,
Nancy McCullough; Joan Marie (Ridge) and Jack
deGumnond, and son, Steve Cartotto; Patrick and
Joan Ridge; Nary (Ridge) Gribbin; Joe Ridge;
Elbert ("Bubba") Ridge, and daughter and son-in-
law, Lori and lennie Philyaw; Margaret (Ridge)
Coffey; and cousin Dottie (Ridge) Tully.
Accommodations for all were at a hotel facing
the marina and bay a pleasant gathering place,
accessible to fine restaurants where they got to-
gether for good times. The family, including
Sister Therese Ann, were then invited to Julia's
home in Kerrville, Texas for further reunion be-
fore returning to their homes. Bob was among
those unable to attend. He was hospitalized at
the time, but is much better now.
Honey (Bergman) Fealey returned from a two and
a half month trip, first to Washington State and
then to Prescott, AZ. She visited her sons and
their families, Guy and Mary (Wells) and their two
children, and Jimny and Sudy (Bryson) and their
daughter. Her time was spent on Whidbey Island
in Paget Sound. She went clamming for the first
time in her life, made clam chowder with fresh
clams and enjoyed smoked and BBQ'ed Salmon. The
weather remained perfect sunshine everyday with
the temperature in the mid 70's. She also en-
joyed wonderful picnics with Millie (Turner) and
Ed Kennedy, and children, as well as Charlotte
Kennedy who she reports looks just the same. One
picnic was on Vashon Island where they were joined
by Olga (Tmrner) and Joe Wallace and their three
teenage daughters. She and Guy took a trip to
Hoquian, WA where her dad was born, went through
Squimn and saw Bill Lobr, but missed Marti. Honey
recommends that if you get to Washington State,
be sure to go to Leavenworth, an alpine-modeled
village, tucked away on the other side of the
Cascades beautiful flowers and scenery. While
in the area, Katie and Roger Adams drove up from
their home on Mercer Island in Lake Washington and
they enjoyed a lovely lunch in Oak Harbor. She
was also able to visit with Fran and Bill Stock.
She was only home two days from the Washington
trip when she and her sister, Jean (Bergman) Smith
took off for Prescott, AZ to help their sister,
Lois (Bergman) Carpenter celebrate her birthday
at the Carpenter home in Prescott Valley. Their
trip was wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable; how-
ever, they would not want to drive through El
Paso or Phoenix again anytime soon due to con-
struction on I-10. Honey says trips are wonder-
ful, but it is even more enjoyable to return home
to the beautiful Hill Country of Kerrville and
especially Zonian friends.
I would like to thank you all for another year
as your reporter. It has been a pleasure for me
especially when I receive your kind comments. My
special thanks go to my husband, Harvey, for his
patience, support, proof-reading and editing of
these reports. Merry Christmas and a Joyous,
Prosperous New Year.
With all the leaves turning so beautifully it's
telling us to hurry! Thanksgiving and Christmas is
"coming to come"...too fast!
Norma Stillwell Martin is saying "hello" to you
from Leesburg, Va. and wants you to know that each
time the Canal Record gets in her hands, the old
Chagres River water churns up in her veins..that's
love and yet a sad feeling....and recently she has
tried to call me with no luck because lately I've
been doing extra traveling. I do have her letter
though, telling me that Bud and Mary Ann Hallett
from Shreveport, La. came to visit her after their
fun-time at the July Reunion in Florida. Norma is
definitely going to make the 1988 Reunion! She
lived in Gatun until 1932 and from then on in
Pedro Miguel, and recalls her transit on the old
Ancon for the 25th Anniversary of the opening!
How lucky you were! September took her to Northern
California where her sister, Jean Stillwell Crook
and Bruce live. In San Diego she visited Ruth
Brown Robertson...also Woody Speer and other great
friends. Norma's son and his wife hosted 60 people
on a trip to Acapulco on the Cturr Princess thro-
ugh the Canal up to Ft. Lauderdale, as a birthday
present! Hmmum.. .hope one of my sons reads this
hint. Norma's son is with Easy 101 radio in Phil-
adelphia... .call him and say 61a, or o16, or some-
thing. He was born in Gorgas and that trip was the
first time either of them had been back since they
left in 1946! Where did the time go?
This time the transit was on the Po7lerm Stoday
and in Norma's words, "It was all I could do to
keep from jumping overboard!" I know that feeling.
Tears of happiness too. Thanks for sharing this
with us. I'll give you a surprise call for sure
too...phone 777-7731, OK?
Another interesting call from Joyce Hawthorne
Burkart...long distance from Augusta, Ga. On read-
ing her Canal Record she suddenly decided to call
me to find out if I remember the Hawthornes who
lived in house #20 on 5th Street, New Cristobal?
Yes I do...but sooo long ago! Thanks for calling
me. It's thrilling to know that there are friends
out there somewhere who remember and take time out
to say "hello." They are special people! Wish I
were "like so!" The names that came up in our con-
versation were Gretchen Staples, Thelma Lewis,
Jean Corrigan, Dotty Pate, June and Vic May, Olga
Nordstrom...her sister Carol Hawthorne lives in
Dickson, Tenn...another sister Pamela Coloski is
in St. Petersburg, Fla...brother David in Hunts-
ville, Ala...Beverly Berger Ruoff, Bobby and Lotty
Orvis, Sarah Barfield Cohen.. .Joyce just got back
from her visit in Tennessee. Two sons live nearby,
and she has two grandsons who live close too.
Across the street lives el senor Philip Hadarits
and his wife...so nice talking to you Joyce.
The family of the Sassos and Jaens of the At-
lantic side have, little by little, been putting
roots in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Dinah Sasso LaPorta
and the late Bob LaPorta (retired policeman of
Cristobal) with their daughter Debbie and son Dee,
who now loves working and traveling for Eastern
Airlines; Dinah's twin sister Nancy (Stokes) lives
there too but will be moving to Aspen, Colo. in
January. Mother, Mary Sasso of Colon is also going
in December, plus daughter Vilma Sasso Jaen and
Eloy will be joining them in January. Their son,
Cookie and wife Susie and daughter are already
homeowners by a canal. Your reporter visited Dinah
while she was ill and really hit it right...seeing
all the gang and even Dr. Richard Sasso, veterin-
arian of Warsaw, Indiana was there. Oh, happy day!
There are so many Sasso's on the Atlantic side...
Stranger's Club era.
The Pocono, Penn. Reunion held in the mountains
of Tannersville had their event in coolish weather
nevertheless thay had a good turnout. We rented a
big car in Arlington, Va. and enjoyed our weekend
there. Rosemary Millett Gilead, her brother John
and his daughter Ann Marie of Takoma Park, Md....
Richard Nelson of Perry, Ga., Sarah Story of Ar-
lington and your reporter all had a good time!
Mr. and Mrs. John Kramer...neat bow-tie man of
Silver Spring, Md. also made the trip to the Poco-
no Reunion, and reflecting on this recent reunion
of the "Pocono Gang," he says, (and I like what he
says) "I'm trying to determine what elements there
are that make being together so pleasurable. Cer-
tainly we've been in other groups who have rol-
licked to Stella De Marr's accordion livening the
atmosphere, told exaggerated accounts of ex-de-
picting ourselves...(plus or minus)..and have been
treated to a slide show. Certainly there have been
golf games where good shots are admired by the
likes of Bill Michaelson, while bad shots require
analysis by the likes of Andy Sturgion, Horace
Lefferts and Jack Kramer. What then, makes Panama
Canal Society reunions so memorable?
The feeling I have is that there is a mystique
associated with the Canal as a wonder of the
world. Those of us who have been lucky enough to
have lived within this aura (be we 96 or 15) and
come through relatively unscathed, want to share
the experience. Is there, also, a better perspect-
ive to look at the United States nd it's open Soc-
Three Canal ZOne Brats! and three Taylor
spouses. Name the "brat" who represents
the third of five generations of Canal
families? (Hint he had antecedents in
Broad Run, Virginia).
iety? A few years ago Jack deGrummond wrote an
article for publication in the Canal Record enti-
tled "What is a Zonian?" Its substance countered
misconceptions bandied about during the hearings
on the Panama Canal treaties. While none of us
Panamaniacs individually has set the world on fire
(to my knowledge), as a group we have contributed
substantially to perpetuating a nation that ain't
perfect, but, like "Sly Mongoose,"... ."His fame
gawn abrawed"...Adelante, Jack, my new friend.....
Stella (Boggs) De Marr
(601) 524-6276 or (912) 922-2263
It can't be true! Time for another issue al-
ready. This means that the Holidays are just
around the corner. Where does the time go?
Well, this reporter has been busy lately. My
sister, Vicki May, was in town for a week's visit
in September. While here we all moved in with
Grandma and Grandpa May and took in some of the
local sites. We visited Busch Gardens and Board-
walk and Baseball, along with just catching up on
each other's news. Then the week after Vicki left
I got a call from Drunmnd McNaughton. He and his
daughter, Holly, (7), were in Sarasota visiting
with his parents, so we made plans and all met at
Busch Gardens for the day. It was great! I
haven't seen Drum since 1976 and of course his
mother was my Home Ec teacher all through high
school. So it was super catching up with them.
Drum and family are headed for Guam this November
fbr a 30 month stay. When they return Stateside,
I hope he will contact us again.
Talked to Sheryl (Ruoff) Alberga. She called
trying to track down Becky Gewin who was suppose
to be in Tampa for a visit with her brother. If
she was here, I couldn't find her and her brother
is not iin the phone book. Sure hope if she gets
back this way, she'll let us know. Also, Sheryl
passed on some real good news, she and Charles are
expecting their second child sometime next May.
Kathy (Grinnell) Thornhill, Granddaughter of
Mildred and Joe Hickey, and husband, Rick, spent
a delightful and restful week on the island of
Martinique in the Carribean just recently. Kathy
is starting back to school this month at Hills-
borough Community College. She will be involved
in the Opticianary Dispensing Program which
eventually will allow her to go to work for her
father in the optical business. Good Luck Kathy!
Congratulations to Carol (Baker) and Mike
Goodwin who wrote me to announce the birth of
their daughter, Leah. Carol also mentioned that
Debbie (Carey) and Paul Swearingen would soon be
living about 2 hours away from her and Mike in
Well, that's the news for now. Hope each and
everyone of you have the happiest of holidays and
remember to keep sending the news...this is your
Sandy (May) Robinson
THE McGRIFFS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. E. Corbin McGriff, Sr. of Dothan,
were honored on their golden wedding anniversary
with a reception-buffet and dance at the Sheraton
Inn, September 26, given by their children and
grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. McGriff (the former
Muriel Moore) were married September 24, 1937 in
San Diego, CA.
Guests were welcomed by grandsons Scott Davis,
Chuck Davis and Trey McGriff. Receiving with the
McGriffs were their children, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Davis, Columbus, GA., Dr. and Mrs. Corbin McGriff,
Jr., Jackson, MS., and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McGriff
of Dothan, AL.
Presiding at the registry table were granddau-
ghters Danni Davis assisted by Courtney McGriff.
Presiding at the punchbowl were granddaughters
Aimee Davis and Natalie McGriff. Assisting in cut-
ting and serving the cake were Mrs. Dorothy Yost
and Mrs. McGriff's sister Mrs. John Hem, who also
made and served the traditional "Sopa Borracha."
Mrs. Mary Urey, a lifelong friend, presented
the honorees with a framed anniversary greeting
from President and Mrs. Reagan. At this time their
daughter Geri Davis reminisced about her parent's
life over the past 50 years. Their son, Dr. Corbin
McGriff proposed a toast in prose and son Eugene
made the toast.
As the band played the Anniversary Waltz, the
honorees opened the dancing.
Approximately 125 family members and friends
attended and their presence will be a cherished
gift for the McGriffs. Out of town guests were
Mrs. McGriff's brother Eddie and wife Letty Moore
of El Segundo, CA.; Mr. McGriff's sisters and bro-
thers, Mr. Sam McGriff, Sumatra, FL., Mr. and Mrs.
James McGriff, Panama City, FL.; Mr. and Mrs. Wade
Proctor, Birmingham, AL.; Mrs. Don Simmons, Atl-
anta, GA.; and Mrs. Claude Williams, Sr., Columbia
AL. Other out of town guests were Mrs. Florence
Anderton, Mobile, AL.; Mrs. Mildren Sutherland,
Clearwater, FL.; Miss Julie Davenport and Thomas
A. Champion, Jr. of Auburn, AL., and Miss Misty
Mollett, Columbus, GA.
Corbin and Muriel McGriff
WHEELER ATTENDS CHANGE OF COMMAND
CEREMONY FOR SON
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
recently had the honor of
being invited to attend
a Change of Command Cere-
mony for his son, Colonel
Kenneth R. Wheeler at
Force Base, in Ohio.
Col. Wheeler assumes
command of the Air Force
Contract Maintenance Cen-
ter, effective 25 Sept-
Kenneth R. Wheeler
Audry ad P y A a.
Audrey and Percy Alberga
ALBERGAS 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
July 1987 was a busy month for all the Albergas
and family in Riverside. For over a year Randy,
Douglas and Magda planned their parent's 50th wed-
ding anniversary. Family and .friends from all over
the U.S. and abroad were invited to attend this
milestone in their lives.
Mr. and Mrs. Percival Alberga, formerly of
Colon, Panama, celebrated their 50th anniversary
in Riverdale, California on July 11, 1987. Some
148 family members and friends attended the cele-
bration at the Indian Hills Golf and Country Club.
The guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and were treat-
ed to a selection of music for listening and
dancing by organist Larry Ayers. This was almost
a mini-Panama Canal reunion.
The Albergas wish to send their fondest regards
to all friends formerly of the Canal Zone and Pan-
ama. Their address is 5435 Carmine Real, Riverside
The following friends attended from outside
California: Pauline Webb (Delgado) from England;
Ron Chivers from Canada; Basil Frank from Georgia;
Leah Brown (FranK) and family from Texas; and Mr.
and Mrs. Rosendo Flor from Spain.
Other guests formerly from Panama or the Canal
Zone were: Joyce Pinto (Alberga); Lloyd and Lor-
raine Alberga (Frankel); Cecil and Lilia Alberga
(Luna); Sheila and Jose Medina (Alberga); Sandra
and Steve Cohen (Alberga); Cecilia Alberga; Char-
lene and Ken Skog (Alberga); William and Teresa
Alberga (Chandler); Clarence Alberga; Carl and Pat
Pinto (Lawson); Sarita Chamberlain (Ernest); Sarah
Chamberlain; Audrey Von Epp (Ernest); Ellen Bailey
Johnson; William Bailey; Carmen and Spiro Kessairs
(Fernandez); Malcolm and Faye Wheeler; Dorothy
Ferre; Mitzi Sasso; and John and Shirley Finlason.
What a fiesta!
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Alberga
Col. Wheeler was born in Colon, Rep. of Panama,
attended high school in Aiken, S.C. for two years
and graduated from Balboa High School in 1956. He
earned a bachelor of science degree in business
administration from V.P.I. in 1960 and also holds
a master's degree in international relations from
George Washington University. He is a graduate of
Squadron Officer School, the Naval War College
Command and Staff and the Industrial College of
the Armed Forces.
The Colonel received his commission in 1960
through the Air Force ROTC. Following navigator
training and electronic warfare training, he was
assigned to SAC's Heavy Bombardment Wing as an in-
structor, during which he flew 135 combat missions
over South and North Vietnam. He followed his dis-
tinguished career with assignments to the U.S. and
Southeast Asia and was assigned key management
roles, ranging from test director and program man-
ager for F-ill Night Attack systems for the F-1ll,
F-4E and RF-4C PAVE TACK systems for both the U.S.
Air Force and foreign military sales programs.
A Master navigator with more than 4,000 flying
hours, Col. Wheeler has been awarded the Legion of
Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with
six oak leave clusters, Air Force Commendation
Medal, and several other decorations.
Col. Wheeler is married to the former Susan
Boon Short of Roanoke, Va. and they have three
children, Wendy, Brian and Kristin.
CAPT. POLETTI NOW AT FORT HOOD
Army Captain Michael J. Poletti, son of Mary
Poletti of 1031 Grant Ave., N.W., New Philadelphia
Ohio, has completed his 3-year assignment at West
Germany early May.
He has graduated from the Army's Combined Arms
and Services Staff School, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.,
designed to train officers in the skills needed to
be an effective staff member.
Presently he is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas,
on a 4-year assignment.
LAURIE HOLLOWELL, 3RD IN NATION
Grace was born in the Canal Zone. Jack moved
there in 1934 as a member of the first group of
young engineers who were brought to the Zone for
Grace and Jack left the Canal Zone in March of
Their present homes are in Ann Arbor, Michigan
and Clearwater, Florida. Jack is still manning his
own electrical consulting business.
On August 28, 1987, Laurie J. Hollowell grad-
uated from Wallace Community College as Medical
As a member of Wallace College's Vocational
Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), Laurie placed
first in State Competition in Medical Assisting
category in Birmingham, Alabama. This qualified
her for the National Convention competition, June
1987, in Wichita, Kansas, where she placed third
and was awarded the bronze medal.
Approximately 6,000 members and advisors from
all 50 states attended the annual competition.
They represented the best of some 300,000 VICA
Bud and Aura Erikson
CHILDREN HONOR THE CAREYS
On July 5, 1987, the children of Grace and Jack
Carey hosted a celebration in honor of their 50th
anniversary of their wedding at the Normandy Park
Club House, Clearwater, Florida.
The celebration was held early to allow some of
those attending the Panama Canal Society Reunion
to attend. Present were: Mr. and Mrs. John Carey,
Jr.; Mrs. Karen Hall; Mrs. Sharon Jones; Michael
Carey; Anna Marie Carey; Molly Carey; Mr. David
York; Eliza Hall; Mathew Hall; Mrs. Edward Carp;
Mrs. Susan Holloway; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Aherne; Mr.
Edwin Jones; Mr. Norbert Jones; Mrs. Betty Snow;
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Williams; Mr. Andy Lim; Mr. and
Mrs. Nielson Etchberger; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hick-
ey; Mr. and Mrs. Victor May; Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Egolf; Mr. and Mrs. George Phelps; Mrs. Glenn
Kirkpatrick; Mr. Vincent Reynolds; Mr. and Mrs. Al
Pate; Mrs. Sara Rowley; Mrs. James Gerhart; Mrs.
Millie Sutherland; Mrs. Irl Sanders; Mr. and Mrs.
ERIKSONS CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY
Bud and Aura Erikson of Gulf Harbors, New Port
Richey, Florida, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on not one but two different occasions
Actually, Bud and Aura were married on July 21,
1937. Bud's family hosted a party for them in Pas-
cagoula on June 13, where 50 friends and family
At the end of July, their two daughters and
sons-in-law, Linda and Terry Stewart, and Barbara
and Paul Adamson invited some of their friends to
join Bud and Aura at the Adamson's beautiful lake
home near Birmingham for a weekend of fun, culmi-.
nated with a party attended by their friends in
the area. Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Taber of Seminole, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Pete
Foster of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs.
John Word of Guntersville, Alabama.
Bud and Aura have the good wishes of their many
friends for continued health and happiness.
Todd Atkins and Karen Mizrachi
LT. CHARLES REEVES II GRADUATES
2nd Lt. Charles T.
Reeves II graduated from
Southern Illinois Univ-
ersity, Carbondale, in
May 1987, where he earned
a B.S. in Electrical Eng-
ineering; and will grad- f
uate from Army Reserve
EBOC, Ft. Belvoir, Va.
Charles II is the son
of (Charles T. Reeves,
teacher, Cristobal Jr-Sr Charles T. Reeves II
High School, 1955-1985),
now residing in New Port Richey, Florida. Charles
II is the grandson of Thomas P. Reeves (deceased
1950) employed as engineer for the Panama Canal,
Henry and Sunny (Morland) Mizrachi are happy to
announce the engagement of their daughter, Karen,
to Todd Atkins of Phoenix, Arizona.
Karen and Todd are employed by the OSCO drug-
store chain in the Phoenix area..
The wedding is planned for March 19, 1988, in
Panama on the Atlantic side at the home of Karen's
grandmother, Virginia (Woodhull) Morland.
SAM JACK DE SELOVER GRADUATES
Cadet Sam Jack De Sel-
over, son of Capt. and
Mrs. William E. De Sel-
over III of gatun, Rep.
of Panama, recently grad-
uated from Admiral Farra-
gut Academy in Pine A
Beach, N.J. Young De Sel-a
over is the grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. William E.
De Selover of Toms River,
N.J. and Capt. and Mrs.
Robert L. McAuslin of Sam Jack De Selover
Umatilla, Oregon formerly
of Los Rios, Republic of Panama.
Admiral Farragut Academy is America's first
preparatory school with naval training and is an
official unit of the Naval Junior ROTC program.
Its students prepare for admission to all col-
leges, universities, and US Government Academies.
On August 23, 1987, De Selover entered the Cal-
ifornia Maritime Academy as a midshipman. His am-
bition is to work in the field of salvage opera-
tions with the Merchant Marine.
DOUG COWELL AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP
Douglas Cowell, son of
Geoff and Eileen (Cox)
Cowell of Severna Park,
Maryland, was recently
awarded a Reserve Officer
Training Corps scholar-
ship. He was also pro-
moted to the rank of
Staff Sergeant and made
a Squad Leader.
Douglas is presently
a sophomore at Loyola
College in Maryland.
He has selected Mech-
anical Engineering as his Douglas Cowell
major at the College.
AIC LEON BONK GRADUATES
Airman 1st Class Leon J. Bonk, son of Phillip
P. Bonk of Diablo, Rep. of Panama, and Joann A.
Bonk of Tampa, Florida, graduated recently from
technical school at Keesler AFB in Mississippi,
where he learned electronic repair and maint-
Bock joined the Air Force on November 23, 1987
and completed basic training in January.
He will spend his first 12-month assignment as
a ground radio communications specialist at Osan
Air Base, South Korea, where he will maintain many
types of radio transmitters and receivers.
He graduated from Balboa High School in 1982.
He lived in the Canal Zone since 1969 and attended
Canal Zone schools there throughout his 12 years.
SUPREME COUNCIL HONORS MASONS
The Supreme Council, 33 of the Southern Ju-
risdiction, U.S.A. has announced the names of
those Scottish Rite Masons elected to receive the
330 and the 32 K.C.C.H.
Elected to receive the Thirty-third Degree and
become Inspectors General Honorary of the Supreme
Bro. Robert Urena Schultz, 33
Bro. Joseph Robert Steuart, 330
Bro. Theodore Gilmore Walker, 33
Elected to the rank and decoration of a Knight
Commander of the Court of Honor are:
Bro. James Eugene Cook, 32 K.C.C.H.
Bro. William Edward Froude, 32 K.C.C.H.
Bro. Rodney Keith Griffin, 32 K.C.C.H.
Bro. Arthur Joseph Kerr, 32 K.C.C.H.
Bro. Larry Munroe McDougal, 32 K.C.C.H.
Bro. Glen Edward Morrell, 320 K.C.C.H.
Bro. Manuel Michael Progana, 320 K.C.C.H.
Jeff was an active member of the Army ROTC and
received advanced training during the summer in
addition to participating in the regular ROTC Pro-
gram at the University of South Florida, Tampa,
while attending Eckerd. He was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, US Army
Reserve during a ceremony on May 23, 1987. He was
also awarded the title of Distinguished Military
Jeff is currently assigned to Co. A (Stu) 189th
Med Bn USA, Med Dept Regt AHS, Ft. Sam Houston,
Texas 78234-6100. He is due for assignment to
Hawaii on March 3, 1988.
He was born in the C.Z. at Gorgas Hospital and
attended C.Z. schools until 1979. His parents
resided in the C.Z. from February 1949 until Sept.
1979. His father, "Bip", worked as a civilian emp-
loyee with the US Air Force and his mother was a
registered nurse with the Health Bureau at Corozal
Hospital, Canal Zone Mental Health Center.
JEFFREY NELSON GRADUATES TO
US ARMY LIEUTENANT
Jeffrey P. Nelson, son of Kathleen and the late
Gotfred "Bip" Nelson of Sarasota, Florida, grad-
uated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
on May 24, 1987 with a degree in Psychology and
minor in Business Administration. Jeff was an af-
filiate of Omicron Delta Kappa, a member of Col-
lege Honor Societies and American Council of Edu-
cation. He was active in various student affairs
and programs during his four years in college. He
was also listed in Who"s Who Among Students in
American Universities and Colleges.
Jeffrey Nelson with his mother, Kathleen
Warren E. LeDoux with Kay, and Larry and
Betty LeDoux Frassrand.
Warren E. LeDoux and Kay E. Wasdick were
joined in Holy Matrimony on September 1, 1987, at
DeLand, Florida. The couple were united during
a private candle light ceremony at St. Peter's
Catholic Church. Those attending were daughter,
Betty Kay (LeDoux) Frassrand, and her husband,
Following the ceremony, the couple left for
a trip through Panama City, Florida, New Orleans,
Louisiana, Arkansas and Nebraska.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren LeDoux will now be residing
in DeLand, Florida.
, > .
Rened Taylor and
September Rene4 Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Rene6
Dupree Taylor of San Diego, California, and adopt-
ed daughter of the late Michael Wylie Taylor,
formerly of the Panama Canal Zone, were united in
marriage July 18, 1987 to Martin E. Schubilske,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Schubilshe of Mil-
The ceremony was performed in Mary Queen of
Heaven Catholic Church, Milwaukee. A dinner recep-
tion for 400 was held at the Grain Exchange where
the wedding party arrived in a trolly tram.
Attending the bride and groom were her brother
and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tyrone
Taylor of Lincoln Park and their son, Joseph M.
Taylor. His sister, Sharon E. Taylor also attended
which was her first birthday.
September and Marty are both graduates of Mar-
quette University. September is self-employed
under Human Resources subcontractors. Marty is an
electrical engineer with Harnisferger Engineers,
Inc., and is presently working on his masters
degree in Business at Marquette.
A ten-day honeymoon was spent on the islands of
Hawaii and Kauai. They are making their home in
Sylvia L. Lake became the bride of Richard G.
Jean-Louis in a double-ring ceremony July 18, at
6:30 p.m., 1987, at Aquinas Newman Center.
Parents of the bride are Dr. Kenneth and Edith
Lake of Arkansas. The bridegroom is the son of
Mrs. Luz-Rosa Belancourt of Haiti. Honor atten-
dants were Melanie Lake Winans of Phoenix, Arizona
and Eric Dehoux of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The couple will be at home in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, where the bride is a systems programmer
for BDM Corporation. The groom is a machinist for
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Moser
AMy. and Mrs. Mark Moser
Linda K. White and Mark A. Moser exchanged mar-
riage vows in a military wedding June 13, 1987, at
the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta,
Linda is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
White of Lilburn, Georgia, formerly of Greensboro,
Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moser of
Douglasville, Georgia. Paul and Erin (Gemni) were
both teachers, living on the Atlantic and Pacific
sides of the Isthmus. They retired from the Canal
Zone in 1979.
The groom's father served as best man and his
sister, Laura served as bridesmaid.
Mark is a 1986 graduate of North Georgia Col-
lege where he received two outstanding leadership
awards and his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S.
Army. Mark was one of three chosen for the avia-
tion branch. He also attended Balboa High School.
Linda graduated cum laude from North Georgia
College with a major in biology.
The couple are currently stationed at Fort
Rucker, Ala. where Mark is completing his flight
Out of town guests attending the wedding were
Frances Sanpsell and Alice Clark of Dothan, Ala.;
Annie Laurie Halvosa of Raleigh, N.C.; Jean Litton
and Barbara Dedeaux of Pensacola, Fla., and Ann
and Sid Kennon of Plant City, Fla.
A reception was held at the church following
Edwin Wardlow and Victoria Sizemore
Victoria Ann Sizemore and Edwin James Wardlow
are pleased to announce their marriage which took
place October 17, 1987 in Northport, New York.
Witnesses for the couple were Faye (Weisser) Fin-
egan of Austin, Texas, and Bernard Kaufman of Ft.
Ms. Sizemore is a 1970 graduate of Balboa High
School and a graduate of the University of West
Florida where she received a B.A. in Special Edu-
cation. She is employed as a special education
teacher at the Shield Institute in Flushing, N.Y.
Ms. Sizemore, who will retain her maiden name, is
the daughter of Lt. Col. (Ret) Lamar T. Sizemnore
of Pensacola, Fla. and the late Mary R. Sizemore.
Mr. Wardlow is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Wardlow of Sardinia, Ohio. He was employed for
many years by the Canal Zone Postal Service, and
is currently the Director of Operations for the
Joint Military Postal Activity- Atlantic Area at
JFK International Airport in New York City.
Mr. Wardlow and Ms. Sizemore reside in Glendale
The bride's sister, Dr. Patricia Bailey served
as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Beth Sul-
livan, sister of the groom and Mrs. Cindy Tomeo of
San Francisco. The flower girl was the bride's
niece, Miss Meghan Bailey.
The bridegroom's three brothers were in the
wedding party. Ensign Brian Sullivan, USN, of Pen-
sacola, FL. was best man; Dr. Cort Sullivan of
Denver, CO. and PFC Timothy Sullivan, US Army,
were ushers. A third usher was Lt. Charles Kaman-
Out of town guests included Dr. and Mrs. Frank
P. Smith, Easley, S.C. and Dr. and Mrs. Robert
Holdren, Boise, ID., as well as the bride's bro-
ther Stephen Bailey wife Cindy, and children
Mikhail and Meghan, Richmond, VA., former resi-
dents of the Canal Zone. Another former Zonian,
F. Mykeland (Myke) Smith attended with his wife,
Lynn. Also present were the bride's uncle and aunt
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Henderson, San Diego, aunt Mrs.
Wilma Gibson and cousins Miss Julia Nichols and
Ray Neal, Chatanooga, TN., Mr. and Mrs. John Hen-
derson, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Henderson,
Seattle, and Mrs. Gibson's daughter, Mrs. Linda
Thora Lee Bailey and Lt. David Michael Sullivan
were united in marriage at the Fort Mason Chapel,
San Francisco, California, Saturday August 15,
The bride, who has been making her home in Mar-
in County, San Francisco, is the daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. William T. Bailey of Richmond, Virginia,
formerly of the Panama Canal Zone. The bridegroom,
a fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy, is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Sullivan of Hudson, Ohio.
Mrs. David M. Sullivan
The Navy members of the wedding party wore
their dress whites and the couple left the chapel
under an arch of crossed swords.
A reception followed at the Fort Mason Officers
Club. Mikhail Bailey was in charge of the guest
After a short honeymoon the couple plan to make
their home in San Diego where Lt. Sullivan is now
Lee Kariger, Marian Smith DeVore and
Pamela (Johnston) Gorski.
Lee Kariger, a longtime member of the Florida
and Southern California Societies, and Marian
Smith DeVore were united in marriage at the Pres-
byterian Church, Murphy, N.C., on July 19, 1987.
The bride is an early friend of the Kariger
Pamela (Johnston) Gorski, formerly of Gatun and
daughter of Walter and Evelyn Johnston, was matron
of honor. He was a carpenter foreman at the Gatun
The Karigers anticipate spending the winters in
Sarasota, Florida and the surrmers in Murphy, N.C.
We tender our heartiest congratulations to the
Laurie Hollowell and Michael Rinehart
Laurie Jean Hollowell and Michael Benedict
Rinehart were united in marriage August 29, 1987
at 2:00 p.m. at St. Columbia Catholic Church,
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Freeland
R. Hollowell Sr., of Dothan, and Mr. and Mrs.
James L. Rinehart of Panama, Republic of Panama.
Grandparents of the bride are Mrs. Ruth L.
Straus of Burbank, California and the late Robert
J. Straus, and Mr. Ross Hollowell and the late
Margaret R. Hollowell of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Grandparents of the groom are Mr. William Allen,
Dunedin, Florida and the late Mrs. Allen, and the
late Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rinehart.
Mrs. Erin Walker of Dothan served as matron of
honor, the bride's only attendant.
Mr. James Rinehart served his son as best man.
Ushers were Messrs. David Hollowell, brother of
the bride, Bill Sullivan, Sammy Walker and David
Kelleher, all of Dothan.
Following the ceremony a dinner buffet recep-
tion was held at the Holiday Inn.
The grooms parents hosted a Rehersal Dinner for
the bridal party at the Holiday Inn.
After a wedding trip, the couple will reside in
Panama City, Florida, where the groom is stationed
with the US Navy.
Valerie G. Bock and Russell R. Brezee
Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Bock announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Valerie G. Bock, to Rus-
sel R. Brezee on August 1, 1987.
They were married at the Vail Chapel, Vail,
Following a reception at the Raquet Club, the
couple left for a wedding trip to Florida.
They will make their home in Vail, Colorado.
Tammy Jo and Eugene Charles Leves
Rachel Ridge Feuerbach, Gregory Scott
Feuerbach, Pat Ridge, Bob Ridge, Inez
and Louis Feuerbach.
Rachel Claire Ridge and Gregory Scott Feuerbach
were united in marriage on May 9, 1987 in Calvary
United Methodist Church, Walcott, Iowa.
Matron of honor was Lisa Doan and bridesmaid
was Joan Ridge, sister of the bride. Best man was
Scott Anderson, and Jerome Ridge, brother of the
bride was groomsman. Dan Puck and Mark Niemann,
cousins of the groom, were usher.
A buffet and reception and dance was held at
the Walcott American Legion Home following the
Rachel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Ridge of Gainesville, Florida. She is a 1981 grad-
uate of Bishop Ready High School in Columbus,
Ohio. She was a staff sergeant in the Air Force
serving for 4W2 years in California and Japan, and
was discharged in February, 1987.
Greg is the son of Louis and Inez Feuerbach of
Walcott. He graduated from West High School in
January 1978 and entered the Air Force in Feb-
ruary. He is a staff sergeant and crew chief for
F-16's at Moody AFB, Valdosta, Georgia, where the
couple will reside.
Rachel would like to hear from old friends of
the Canal Zone, Linda Magee, Anita Bondurant, and
Danny McConaughey, and anyone else who lives in
the South Georgia- North Florida area.
Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Espinoza gave Tanmy Jo Espi-
noza, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Helkenn (Mrs.
Teresa A. Livingston Helkenn) and Charles E. Leves
gave Eugene Charles Leves to each other on Sat-
urday, August 1, 1987, at St. Pius X, Chula Vista,
Joe Coffin and daughter, Marcia (Candy)
Marcia (Candy) Coffin and Jinmal Arbas were
united in marriage at a Mission Courtyard in Cal-
ifornia on June 27, 1986.
Marcia is the daughter of Joseph W. Jr. and
Carolyn (Geddes) Coffin of York, Pennsylvania.
Jirmmal is a native of Jordan.
Among those attending the ceremony were Tom and
Barbara Coffin of Wakefield, Massachusetts; Jon
(Sid) Coffin of Panama; Ruthie from Virginia; the
Argos and the Heims from California.
Texas; her brother, Charles Bialkowski and wife of
Houston, Texas, and Edward Sayre, son of the
bride. Earl Sayre III, son of the bride is sta-
tioned in Germany with the US Army and was unable
to attend. The groom's mother, Mrs. John Hill,
sister, Peggy Encinia and husband from Taft, Texas
attended, also the groom's daughters, Christy and
Misty Hill of Garwood, Texas.
The brise is employed as counselor at Taft Jun-
ior High School and the groom is employed by Amer-
ican Chrome and Chemicals in Corpus Christi.
The couple will live in Portland, Texas.
Melody Lynn Millican and William Gerald
Melody Lynn Millican and William Gerald (Billy)
O'Sullivan were united in marriage on August 7,
1987 at the First Baptist Church, Lutz, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William
D. Millican of Brandon, Florida. The groom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. O'Sullivan of Lutz,
Florida, formerly of La Boca.
The Rev. Dan Yeary, uncle of the bride offici-
ated at the double ring ceremony. Cathy Millican
was maid of honor and Cindy Millican Webb was
matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Willeen O'Sulli-
van Hodge, Coleen Frantz, Trina Johnson and Debbie
The bridegroom's father was best man. Ushers
were former Zonians Bob Carlin and Larry Jones;
Lynn Henrich, Scott DeBoer and Brian McDougall.
The newlyweds are making their home in Fort
Worth, Texas, where the bridegroom is attending
Southwestern Theological Seminary working towards
a graduate degree in theology. He is a graduate of
Balboa High School and received his bachelor of
arts degree in social sciences interdisciplinary
from the University of South Florida in Tampa. The
bride received an associate of science degree in
physical therapy and is presently employed by the
County Hospital in Fort Worth.
On March 20, 1987 Beth (Bialkowski) Sayre and
Allen Hill were married at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Church in Portland, Texas.
In attendance were the bride's father and his
wife, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bialkowski of Kerrville,
Julie B. Follett and Michael E. Kuk
Julie B. Follett and Michael E. Kuk were mar-
ried at the First Congrgational Church in Lyndon-
ville, Vermont on August 8, 1987.
Julie is the daughter of Frank and Sarah Fol-
lett of Gamboa, Panama. She graduated from Balboa
High School and received a bachelor of science
degree and a master's degree in education from
Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont. She
is employed as a case manager with the Essex Coun-
ty Association for Retarded Citizens in Crown
Michal is the son of Norbert Kuk of Brandon,
Vermont and Carolyn Kuk of Albany, N.Y. He grad-
uated from Otter Creek Valley Union High School in
Brandon and attended Hudson Valley Community Col-
lege. He owns his own contracting business, named
Givingtree Builders, Inc.
After a wedding trip ti the Maritime Provinces
of Canada, the couple are living in a new home de-
signed and built by the groom. Their address is:
Box 140-C, Whiting, Vermont 05778.
Berenice Lyle, 13 mo.
old daughter of Jeff-
rey M. Lyle and Eliz-
abeth (Burgoon) Lyle
Sof Mobile, Alabama.
She is the granddaugh-
ter of Joseph B. Bur-
goon, Sr. and Gloria
(Brid) Burgoon of
This picture was
taken by her aunt,
Kimberley Elizabeth Gloria (Burgoon) Wri-
Berenice Lyle ght of Panama, R.P.
Carol (Peterson) and Don Heintz of Orlando,
Florida, announce the birth of twin boys on Tues-
day, September 15, 1987. The babies, Jason Peter
and Eric Charles, weighed 7 lbs. 2k oz. and 7 lbs.
4 oz. respectively, and they join a sister, Chris-
tine, age 3.
The maternal grandparents are Tan and Barbara
Peterson of Sarasota, Florida, former residents of
Balboa, Canal Zone. Mrs. Margaret R. Peterson,
also of Sarasota and formerly of the Canal Zone,
is the great-grandmother.
Gladys and Pete Heintz of Longwood, Florida,
are the paternal grandparents.
Mrs. Leah R. (Mrs.
Seymour I) Barkowitz of
The Isla of Palms,
South Carolina, proud-
ly announces the births
of her first two grand-
children, Elana Rachel
Barkowitz, born August
15, 1987, to Doreen and
Paul Barkowitz of Sun-
rise, Florida, and Ben-
jamin Laurence Crouch,
born on August 17, 1987
to Larry and Edith
Barkowitz Crouch of
Pictires are en-
closed, and as you can
tell, the brand new
grandmother is delight-
Katherine Laverne Gib-
son, their third daughter
was born July 21, 1987,
to Ronald and Teresa Gib-
son, in Carlsbad, New
The maternal grand-
parents are Edith Riggle-
man, of Abeline, Texas,
and Robert L. Johnson of
Photo shows proud Bob
Johnson with his grand-
Owen Michael Smith
Bob Johnson with
Owen Michael Smith,
second child and first
;on, was born April 27,
987 in Gorgas Hospital,
:o Russell and Sheila
Smith of Diablo, Rep. of
ire Bob and Marianne Webb
f California. Paternal
grandparentss are Owen
imith of Osyka, Miss. and
;arolyn Johnson of Kiss-
Lennie and Loreen (Ridge) Philyaw of San An-
tonio, Texas, proudly announce the birth of their
daughter, Piper Lorianna, on September 23, 1987.
Piper weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 20"
long at birth. She is the first granddaughter of
Bert Ridge of Kerrville, Texas, and the late Leida
(Kleefkens) Ridge, and the first great-granddaugh-
ter of Louie and Gibby (Sanders) Kleefkens of
Paternal grandparents are Jesse Luther Philyaw
of Belton, South Carolina, and Mamie Harper of
Anderson, South Carolina.
Sgt. and Mrs. Matthew A. Parks (Heike) announce
the birth of a son, Brian Charles, in Darmstaadt,
West Germany, on September 10, 1987. Brian weighed
9 lbs. and was a whopping 22" long.
e Grandma and grandma Anne and Charles Parks are
ecstatic, as are maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs
p Deiter Schieber of Allmenfeld, West Germany.
Elsie and Ray Larson announce the birth of
their first grandchild. Teara Marie was born Aug-
ust 9, 1987 in Spokane, Washington. Weighed 7 lbs.
She is the daughter of Terry Lee and Deloris
Lisa (Adams) Tynan and baby Amelia Rose.
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Adams of Corozal, Panama,
announce the birth of their second grandchild and
first granddaughter, Amelia Rose Tynan, born on
September 21, 1987 in Fort Lewis, Washington.
Amelia weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20" long.
The proud parents are Lisa (Adams) Tynan and
Dr. William Tynan of Tunmwater, Washington.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William
A. Tynan of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Stelios and Ruth Joh-
anna (Williams) Vafiadis
are happy to announce the
birth of their third dau-
ghter, Alissa Claire, on
February 17, 1987 in
Puerto Rico. Alissa joins Aissa C ire
her two sisters, Katie Al a Claes
The maternal grandparents are Virginia Eberenz
Williams and the late Frank F. Williams, formerly
of the Canal Zone.
LTC (Ret) (iarles F.
Clark and Huey (Lee)
Clark, CHS'59, of Jack-
sonville, Alabama, very
proudly announce the
birth of their first
Clark Powell, born to
their daughter Tara Lee
(Clark) Powell and Tho-
mas Edward Powell, on
May 14, 1987 at Brook-
side Hospital in Bir- Thomas Clark Powell
Sharing honors as first-time grandparents are
the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Pow-
ell of Cedartown, Georgia.
The baby's maternal great-grandmothers are Mrs.
Louise M. Clark of Troy, AL., and Mrs. Era L.
Greene of Anniston, AL., formerly of the Zone.
The paternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs
Frank Cannichael and Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Powell.
Scott and Lori Roche
of Largo, Florida, are
pleased to announce the
birth of a daughter,
Lauren Ashley, on June
24, 1987. Lauren joins
a brother, Daron, age
are Lanky Flores of
Sarasota, Florida, and
Pat and Bud Risberg of
Chung-Wai and Barbara
(Geddes) Tung of Denver,
Colorado proudly announce
the birth of their first
child, Ashlyn Lian, on
March 24, 1987. Ashlyn
weighed 7 ibs. 11 oz. at
birth and measured 20 in.
are Robert T. Geddes of
INOM Titusville, Florida and
the late Florence Geddes.
are Mr. and Mrs. Yee Hing
sn Tung Tung of Greely, Colorado.
Glenda (Lewis) and
Michael Kochel of Alexan-
dria, Virginia are proud
to announce the birth of
a son, Jason Michael, on
May 5, 1987.
Jason weighed 9 lbs.
11 oz. and measured 22
inches. He joins his sis-
ter Stephanie and brother
Jason's paternal grand
parents are Betty and
Mike Kochel of Nebraska,
and maternal grandparents
are Mary Ivy and the late
Henry Edward Lewis of
Jason Michael Kochel
John and Kathy Overstreet with Rochelle
John and Kathy Overstreet are proud to announce
the birth of their first beautiful daughter,
Rochelle Elise Overstreet, on May 16, 1987. Roch-
elle weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measured 19 inches
long. Parents and baby reside in Las Cruces, New
The happy grandparents are Mary Overstreet of
Tallahassee, Florida, and Pat and Bernie Ekman of
Forest Grove, Oregon.
Eleonor (Lewis) and Peter Johnson of Margarita,
Rep. of Panama, are proud to announce the birth of
their son, Peter Henry, on February 12, 1987.
He weighed 7 lbs. 14i2 oz. He joins his sister,
two year old Lauren Marjorie.
Peter Henry's maternal grandparents are Mary
Ivy Lewis and the late Henry Edward Lewis of Suf-
folk, Virginia. Paternal grandparents are Marjorie
and Howard Johnson of Worcester, England.
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Mary Aanesen, 86, of Fairhope, Alabama, died
October 16, 1987 due to heart trouble. She was
well known on the Isthmus and the U.S. for her
There are no known survivors.
Myrtle M. Black, 83, Of San Jose, California,
passed away August 27, 1987 after a long illness
at Parkview Nursing Home in San Jose. Her husband,
the late William Black was employed at Miraflores
and Pedro Miguel Locks. Myrtle resided many years
in Pedro Miguel before moving to Balboa and left
the Canal Zone in 1963 to live in California.
She is survived by her son, William and his
wife Sava of San Jose, and two grandchildren, Rob-
ert, a freshman at San Jose State, and William, a
sophomore at Southeastern in Lakeland, Florida.
Nellie T. Black, 95, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died March 3, 1987 at Largo Medical Hospital. She
had been living with her son, George A. Black, Jr.
In addition to her son, she is survived by two
grandchildren, a grandson in Evansville, Illinois,
and a granddaughter, Patricia Wheller of Warner
Robbins, Georgia; and four great-grandchildren.
Marvis Norine "Rene" (Nash) Clarke, 66, former-
ly of Panama, R.P. and a BHS graduate, died June
3, 1987 in Chicago, Illinois. She was preceded in
death by her older sister, Lois (Nash) Montiel in
1987 in Guatamala City, Guatamala, at age of 66.
She is survived by her husband, Walter E Clarke
of Chicago; two sons and two granddaughters; and
a sister, Helen (Nash) Corrigan of Sarasota, Fla.
Vernon L. Clontz, ('"Lee"), 80, of Aiken, South
Carolina passed away at the HCA Regional Medical
Center on September 20, 1987. He was born in Penn-
sylvania and went to the Canal Zone in 1939 to
work in the Mechanical Division. During his stay
in the Canal Zone he also worked at the Gas Plant
in Balboa, the Industrial Division at Mt. Hope,
and when he retired in 1969, he was working as a
Locks Operator at Pedro Miguel. Lee was a member
of NARFE, and the Panama Canal Societies of Flor-
ida and South Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Trudi Clontz, of
Aiken, South Carolina, who is also the Area Re-
porter for the Canal Record in South Carolina.
Rita Quinn Crume, 73, died at the home of her
daughter, Joanne Crume McClellan of Virginia
Beach of a lingering illness, on July 22, 1987.
She was the widow of Colonel J. Robert Crume. She
was educated in Canal Zone schools through high
school and graduated from Georgian Court College,
Lakewood, New Jersey.
She is survived by two daughters, Jane Crume
Valtin of Sanibel, and Joanne Crume McClellan;
five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter;
three sisters and a brother.
Burton E. Deveau, 60, of Revere, Maine, died
July 9, 1987 from a pulmonary disease and heart
failure. He was born in E. Boston and went to the
Canal Zone in 1955 where he worked on the Locks
overhaul and then to the P.R.R. He also worked at
the Power Branch and as a mule operator on the
locks, when he retired on disability in 1965. He
was a member of B.P.O.Elks Lodge #1414.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Wright);
three sons, Edward, of Revere, Frank, of Brachton,
and Burton Jr., formerly of Colorado and now of
Revere; three daughters, Danna, of N.J., Cheryl of
Colorado and Judith of Revere; a father, Donald of
S. Boston, and 15 grandchildren.
Addie Bates Dixon, 90, of Toomsboro, Georgia,
passed away August 18, 1987. She was the widow of
Leonard Dixon, retired and deceased, formerly a
mechanic in the Motor Transportation Division, who
retired in 1937.
She is survived by several nephews and nieces.
Renee A. Gauvin, 63, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died August 22, 1987 at Largo Medical Center. Born
in France, she married the late Al Gauvin, Past
Conmander of the American Legion, Panama. She was
a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas
Park, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Panama
Survivors include a son, Michall Gauvin, and a
daughter, Michelle Irvin, both of California; a
companion, George A. Black Jr., Pinellas Park; and
Marie Graham, of Silverton, Oregon, passed away
September 22, 1987 in Portland. She was the widow
of Ralph H. Graham who retired in December 1959
after 30 years with the Electrical Division. She
was born in Forest City, Iowa and graduated in
1925 from Fairview Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. as
a registered nurse, and began working at Colon
Hospital in 1929. After their marriage in 1933,
the Grahams lived for many years in Gatun. She
worked as a nurse during World War II and after
the war worked at Coco Solo Hospital until their
retirement. The Grahams lived in Watsonville, CA.
until 1969 and then moved to Oregon. Mrs. Graham
enjoyed traveling and returned in June from a
month in New Zealand.
She is survived by a daughter, Martha Vickery
of Milwaukee, Oregon and three grandchildren,
Sara, Stuart and Mark.
Thodora M. Hallin, 79, of Fayetteville, Ark.
died September 21, 1987 at a Fayetteville hos-
pital. She was born in Brockton, Mass., and was
the widow of Henry E. Hallin. She taught in the
Fayetteville public schools and after retiring
taught at the University of Arkansas until her
death. She was a member of the First United Pres-
byterian Church, American Association of Univer-
sity Women, League of Women Voters, Kappa Kappa
Iota, Delta Kappa Gamma (professional educators
sorority), Fayetteville Symphony Society and the
Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas.
Survivors include a son, David A of Germantown,
Tenn.; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Hallin of Irvine,
Calif.; a stepson, Henry E. Hallin Jr. of Hacienda
Heights, Calif.; three sisters, Kathryne Swiger of
Clearwater, Fla., Gertrude Blevins of East Liver-
pool, Ohio, and Vesta Evans of Cary, N.C.; and
Jean Harris, of Dothan, Alabama, passed away on
October 5, 1987 after a long illness. Services
were held in St. Columbia Catholic Church in
Dothan on October 7, preceded by rosary services
the evening before the funeral. A native of New
York State, she was a registered nurse and entered
the US Army during World War II and served in many
hospitals. Upon her discharge she lived in the
Canal Zone for 24 years and worked in Corozal
Hospital. She was the widow of Gardner R. Harris.
Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-
law, John and Michael of Dothan, and Marshall and
Sandra Harris of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; a sister,
Mary McCargar, East Syracuse, NY.; a brother,
Joseph McCargar, Montclair, Calif.; a step-mother,
Lucille McCargar, Potsdam, NY.; three granddaugh-
ters and a grandson.
Harry Edward Holcomb, 79, of LaBelle, Florida,
died July 29, 1987. He retired in 1971, after
working many years for the U.S. Army Facility En-
gineers at Corozal. He was a Master Mason and a
member of Balboa Lodge, AF&AM in Balboa; a 32nd
degree Scottish Rite Mason; a Shriner of Abou Saad
Temple, AAONMS, Balboa, Rep. of Panama.
He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Mowery
of Brighton, Colorado, and Gene Flumach of Balboa,
Rep. of Panama.
Terry Howard, 32, of Los Rios, Panama, died on
August 6, 1987 at home. He was a tow boat engineer
with the Panama Canal Commission. His ashes were
scattered over Gatun Lake.
He is survived by his parents, Harland Vance
Jr., and Georgia Howard; and a brother, Harland
Vance Howard III.
John Leonard "Jack" Hughes, Jr. 64, of Chesa-
peake, Virginia, died September 11, 1987 in a hos-
pital. A native of Norfolk, Va. he was a retired
Marine Engineer from the Canal Zone. He was a mem-
ber of Ancon Masonic Lodge AF&AM, Scottish Rite of
Balboa and also of Chesapeake, and the Abou Saad
Shrine Temple, Balboa.
Survivors include his wife, Filipa Marie Rojas
Hughes; a daughter, Teresa Rezage of Norfolk; four
sons, Edward L., William E. Crawley and Leonardo
R., all of Chesapeake, and John L. Hughes III of
Richmond; three sisters, Dorothy E. Bailey and
and Margie L. Rola, both of Norfolk, and Niney
Pace of Lakeworth, FL.; a brother, James L. of
Chesapeake, and six grandchildren.
Margarett Inez Jackson, of Aiken, South Caro-
lina, died November 28, 1987 at home after a lin-
gering illness. She and her husband lived on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus, where her husband
was employed by the Locks Division and retired in
May, 1974 after 30 years of service.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold W. Jack-
son; and three sons, James and Ray of Aiken, S.C.
and Steve of Williston, S.C.
Edna M. Judson, 92, of Orlando, Florida, died
June 22, 1987 at Orlando. She was born in Dorches-
ter, Massachusetts. Both she and her husband were
employees in the Accounting Department of the Pan-
ama Canal and upon retirement, moved to Orlando.
She was a member of the Congregational Church.
Survivors include her son, Dr. Walter E Judson,
a medical doctor in Indianapolis, Indiana; three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Judson was buried in Indianapolis beside
Lawrence J. Keegan, 64, of Greenwood, South Caro-
lina, died on May 22, 1987. He was born in Ancon,
Panama, and was a retired Marine Traffic Control-
ler. He was also a member of Elks Lodge No. 1414
in Balboa, and the Panama Canal Society of Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Sara S. Keegan, now
of Miami, Florida; a daughter, Laurie Keegan Kidd
also of Miami; three grandchildren; one great-
grandson; and two sisters, Grace M. Thornton and
Marie J. Daige, both of Brea, California.
Zona (French) Lang, 75, of Tustin, California,
died September 19, 1987 after a long illness. She
was born in Ancon Hospital, attended Canal Zone
schools and graduated from Balboa High School. Her
father, Archie W. French left Ohio in 1905 for
Panama and -her-mother was at sea during the San
Francisco earthquake; landed in Panama and met her
future husband, marrying in 1907. Zona met her
husband in 1940 as he was working at Miralfores
Locks as a hydraulic engineer.
Survivors include her husband, Edmund, of Tus-
tin, California; a son, Edmund of Massachusetts;
a daughter, Cecilia of Connecticut; a brother,
William French of Santa Ana, California, and six
John J. Lawler, 43, of Panama, R.P. died after
a heart attack on August 17, 1987. He was born in
Panama and later graduated from Louisiana State
University and earned his Masters degree from Nova
University. He served as a C.Z. police officer and
at the time of his death, worked in the Logistical
Support Division as a contract specialist. He was
a member of the US Naval Reserve and BPOE Elks
Club in Balboa.
He is survived by his wife, Marcela and his
children, Lisa, 16; Ana Maria, 15; Layne, 14; and
John, 12; his parents, George and Connie Norris;
a sister, Joan Harris of Georgia, and grandmother,
Catherine E. Malone, 90, of Winter Park, Fla.
died November 1, 1986. She was the widow of Peter
L. Malone, former Master of Transportation with
the Panama Railroad. Mrs. Malone came to Panama in
1908 with Thomas and Katherine Halligan.
Survivors include three daughters and a son,
James L. Malone, a former dentist in Gatun, plus
seventeen grandchildren. She was formerly a resi-
dent of Gatun and Balboa Heights.
Todd D. Martin, 18, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
was killed July 20, 1987 in an automobile accident
on State Road 442, west of Edgewater. He was a
native of Panama, and was a member of the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church and Columbian Squires of the
Knights of Columbus. He graduated from New Smyrna
Beach Senior High School in June and was an em-
ployee of Publix Supermarket in New Smyrna Beach.
Survivors include his parents, Norman L. Jr.
and Linda Martin of Edgewater; a sister, Tracy
Martin; his paternal grandmother, Lillian Martin
of South Daytona; and his maternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vallee, Fitchburg, Mass.
Dorothy Vaughn May, 80, of Tampa, Florida, died
September 2, 1987 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa,
She is survived by a daughter, Frances May; a
son, Robert May; a sister, Thelma Lewis, and six
Ruth H. Munyon, of El Cajon, California, passed
away July 25, 1987. She was the widow of the late
Harry Munyon, former Warden of the Canal Zone Pen-
itentiary. Mrs. Munyon was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by a son, Harry Munyon, Jr. of
Texas, and a daughter, Sioux Munyon, of Lakeside,
Claire R. Quinn, 65, died at the home of her
niece, Elaine Lombard Newland in Coral Springs,
Florida, February 12, 1987. She was born in Gorgas
Hospital, went to Canal Zone schools and graduated
from Canal Zone College. She retired in 1976 after
31 years with the Foreign Service of the State
She is survived by four sisters, Genevieve
Quinn, Rita Quinn Crume, Ann Quinn Eder and Regina
Quinn Enjuto; a brother, James B. Quinn, as well
as several nieces and nephews.
Genevieve F. Quinn, 80, died in St. Anthony's Hos-
pital on October 9, 1987. She was born in Lake-
hurst, New Jersey, but went to the Canal Zone with
her family before she was a year old. She lived in
Gatun, Gorgona and La Boca during construction
days. Afterwards she lived in Pedro Miguel and
Balboa, where she graduated from high school. She
was employed as an accountant with Headquarters,
Caribbean Comnand at Quarry Heights, retired in
1940 and lived in Toms River, N.J. until she moved
to St. Petersburg, Fla. in 1977.
Genevieve was a member of a large, well-known
family whose Panama roots go back to construction
days and whose Canal Zone employment experience
spans four generations.
She is survived by a brother, James B. Quinn of
Oxnard, California; and two sisters, Anne Quinn de
Eder of Cali, Colombia and Panama City, R.P., and
Regina Quinn Enjuto of Madrid, Spain.
David C. Rose, 70, of Dothan, Alabama, passed
away October 26, 1987 in Dothan. He lived most of
his life in the Canal Zone. Prior to retirement,
he was Director of Posts in the C.Z. He was a vet-
eran of World War II during which he served in the
US Navy. He was preceded in death by a daughter,
Survivors include his wife, Mary F. Rose, of
Dothan; a son, Michael D., Dothan; four daughters,
Katherine Brooks of Atlanta, Charlene Burke of
Tallahassee, Fl., Eileen Rose Thomas of Panama
Canal Area, and Sheila Rose of Tampa, Fl.; three
grandchildren; a sister, Genevieve Bernard of
Washington, D.C.; several nieces and nephews.
William R. Rounsaville, 73, of Apalachicola,
Florida, died July 16, 1987 at Tallahassee Memor-
ial Regional Medical Center. "Bill" was employed
in the Executive Branch and later in the Executive
Secretary's Office of the Panama Canal. He was a
World War II US Navy veteran, and after leaving
the Canal Zone, retired an office executive for
the US Atomic Energy Commission. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three
sons, Philip of Euclid Ohio, Keith of Tanpa, and
Bruce of Woodbridge, Conn; two daughters, Diane
VanCamerick of St. James, and Gloria Rounsaville
of Beverly Hills, California; his mother, Cleta
Rounsaville of Parson, Kan.; a brother, Eugene of
Parson; two sistersMelba Mieir of Las Cruces, NM,
and Gloria Burke of Louisville, Tenn., and eight
Clifton J. Sasso, 68, died at home in San Diego
California on October 4, 1987.
He is survived by his wife, the former Thelma
M. Torbert; two daughters, Anne Sullivan of San
Diego and Myrna Dubroff of Cocoa Beach, Florida;
a son, Clifton T. Sasso of San Antonio, Texas; a
brother, Ronald Sasso and two sisters, Mrs. Jul-
iette Sasso and Miss Estelle Sasso of Colon, R.P.
and five grandchildren.
Capt. Earl A. Sayre, 59, of Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi, died June 19, 1987 in his home. Capt.
Sayre was a Panama Canal pilot from 1962 to 1966.
At the time of his death, he was a self-employed
He is survived by two sons, Earl and Edward
Sayre of Portland, Texas; three daughters, Janet
Pederson of Sunnyvale, California, Donna Bengle of
Sacramento, California and Bonnie Meola of Clover-
dale, California; eleven grandchildren and one
Warren Richard Shapiro, 64, of Dothan, Alabama,
died August 31, 1987 in a local hospital. He was
a purser on the Panama Line ships before joining
the Panama Canal Company, Transportation Office.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Dothan;
a step-son, Michael Heidinger of Boynton Beach,
Fla.; a step-daughter, Michelle Dalsgaard, Miami,
Fla.; a step-grandson, Brian Douglass, Miami, and
a step-granddaughter, Jennifer Heidinger, Alameda,
Robert L. Snyder, of Canton, Ohio, died Sept-
ember 26, 1987 from a heart attack. He was former-
ly employed by the Canal Zone Post Office.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline (Corky),
and three sons, Dick, Bill, and Ted.
Edward Clyde Stroop, Sr., 87, of Sarasota, Florida
died September 13, 1987 at Sarasota Memorial Hos-
pital. Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., he retired from
the Panama Railroad Company in 1955 as Adminis-
trative Assistant with the Receiving and Forward-
ing Agency in Cristobal with 40 years of service.
He was an Army veteran of World War I; a member of
the American Legion; Elks Club and the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. He was also active with
Civil Defense on the Canal Zone during World War
II, a HAM radio operator and an active golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons,
R.B.H. Stroop III of Ocala, Fla., Edward Jr. of
Kissimmnnee, Fla., and Gerald of Sarasota, Fla.; two
daughters, Rose (Stroop) Carmody of Sarasota and
Karen P. (Stroop) Wolfe of Sarasota; a brother,
R.B. Hayes Stroop Jr. of Calif.; a sister, Violet
(Stroop) Robinson of San Francisco; 19 grandchild-
ren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Charles M. Swisher, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
died August 10, 1987 at Humana Hosiptal Bennett
following complications after surgery. He retired
from the Canal Support Division, Harbormasters
Office in 1980 after 29 years service with the
Panama Canal. He and his wife owned Charletta Man-
agement Corporation Condominium Management in Ft.
He is survived by his wife, LuEtta; his mother,
Melida Legge; two daughters, Luanne Homea and Lisa
May Avey; and a son, Garrick.
Rosemary Thompson, 76, died September 20, 1987
in Kerrville, Texas. She and her husband, Carl,
who preceded her in death, were pastors of the
Four Square Gospel Church in Diablo, Canal Zone
prior to coming to Kerrville.
Mrs. Thompson was buried beside her husband in
the Garden of Memories, Kerrville, Texas.
Richard Thurman, close friend of James Lovelady
passed away September 10, 1987 in Tucson, Arizona.
In the early 1960's, Dick lived in Curundu, Canal
Zone. In recent years he held a high technical
position with Lear Jet in Tucson.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara.
Sgt. Judd Canpbell Treadwell, 23, US Army, of
Morrison, Tennessee, was accidentally shot to
death August 8, 1987, while serving in Stuttgart,
Germany, where he was body guard to the Commanding
General of the HHB 56 FACMD. Details of the shoot-
ing have not been released by the Army. He had
been stationed in Germany since April and prior to
joining the Army had been a student at Motlow Col-
lege, and also had served four years in the Air
Force. He was a graduate of Central High School in
Manchester where he was a member of the Air Force
He was the son of B.W. and Zelma Treadwell of
Morrison. His father is a retired employee of
Sverdrup at Arnold Center. In addition to his par-
ents, he is survived by his grandmother, Mrs.
Maude Campbell of Morrison, Tenn.
Irma (Fayard) Wicks, 74, of Pensacola, Florida,
passed away September 10, 1987 at her home, where
she resided for the past 25 years. She was born in
Hattiesburg, Miss., and went to the Canal Zone
with her family in the late 1920's, where she at-
tended Canal Zone schools. After graduating from
BHS in 1932 she was employed by the American Red
Cross in the Canal Zone. She was a member of the
Order of Eastern Stars in the Canal Zone and was
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by two daughters, Carol Young
of Washington, D.C. and Vicki (Wicks) Wansley; a
sister, Gloria (Fayard) Mihacevich; a grandson,
Willy (6); twin granddaughters, Jennie and Susie,
all of Pensacola.
Marlene G. Winberg, a native of Fairhope, Ala.,
and a resident of Mobile for the past 38 years,
died in a local hospital Octboer 23, 1987.
Mrs. Winberg was a member of the St. Francis
Street United Methodist Church. She was a Past
Worthy Matron of the Fairhope Chapter No. 127, Or-
der of the Eastern Star, and for many years she
was a member of the Orchid Chapter No. 1, Order
of the Eastern Star, Balboa, Canal Zone.
She was a past president and honorary life mem-
ber of the Balboa Emblem Club No. 49, Balboa,
Canal Zone. She was a member of the White Shrine
of Jerusalem, Mobile Shrine No.2.
Survivors include two nieces, Ann Louise
Coleman Wood of Fairhope and Florence Coleman
Schneider, of Greensboro, North Carolina, on great
nephew and one great niece.
Letters to the Editor
THE GIFT IS APPRECIATED
To Whom it May Concern:
Recently I received a lovely gift from a former
school chum. The gift is a membership to the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
I am therefore writing this note to state that
I have received my membership card and am anxious
to have more information regarding the Society.
My friend is Sue Stabler and we attended Balboa
High School together in the late 50's and we grad-
uated in '64. I went off to Santa Barbara City
College in Santa Barbara, California, from there
I transferred to Bremerton City College, then on
to Washington State University and the University
of Nevada, in Reno. In '70 I married Michael T.
McDonald and lived and traveled for seven wonder-
ful years, unfortunately in February '78 I lost
him due to cancer. I returned to Panama and have
been here ever since.
I live in the interior in a small village named
La Concepci6n in the province of Chiriqui. Hoping
to hear from you and remaining at your service.
Frances Irene Castillo-McDonald
La Conception, Panama.
Ted Paine holding 8 lb. gold brick worth
TED PAINE GOING FOR GOLD
Ted Paine realized the completion of a longtime
plan to spend the sunnmer in the Klondike, Yukon
Territory, mining for gold. He drove there alone
with a camper on a pick-up towing a 14' trailer
which contained a suction dredge he had designed
and built from knowledge and experience he gained
while working at the Industrial Division in Mt.
He spent the summer living in the mountains at
old abandoned mining sites. He was invited by
Wayne Lerner, Superintendent of Queenstakes Re-
sources, Yukon Operation, to operate with the only
bucket line dredge operating in Canada to evaluate
the bottom of the pond under their dredge. The
gold he recovered convinced them it would be eco-
nimically advantageous to operate a similar unit
powered by the dredge water system.
When asked how much gold he dredged, he just
smiles and says, "I didn't drive a Ferrari home."
He is now working on arrangements for another
claim in the Yukon and plans to return next sum-
ITS A SMALL WORLD
Just a note to let you know that ex-Zonians do
In Scotland yesterday (Sept. 8) to visit some
friends, and on our way back to the souht of Great
Britain before meeting Bruce and Dorothy Sanders
Then back up to Scotland again.
Betty and Bud Balcer
Ona Ferm Wier de Webster
SANTA CLARA'S BETTY WEBSTER DIES
Ona Ferm Wier de Webster, better known as Betty
Webster, died on September 30, 1987 at her home in
Santa Clara after a year of steadily declining
health. She was 87 years old.
Betty, the widow of Bill Webster since 1937,
was best known for the development of Santa Clara,
a resort community in the interior of Panama. She
was a resident of Panama for 68 years.
She is survived by a niece, Connie Wier; nephew
Dennis Wier; brother Chris Wier and other rela-
tives in California.
A memorial service was held on October 4 in the
Casino at Santa Clara.
HOW ABOUT A NICE STORY?....
How about a nice story?
I was coming home from my mothers' this after-
noon (August 21) got caught in a terrible rain
storm thunder, lightning the works, and my car
broke down at a four-way stop intersection!
Amid the horrendous storm appears a darling
girl with an umbrella. Wants to know if I'm from
Panama? Seems she had been heading the opposite
direction, saw my Canal Zone Society license plate
and came back to help.
She pushed me off the road, and took me home.
I hope the Crouch's know what a wonderful dau-
ghter, Ann, they have. I do!
Grace (Schack) Wilson
Coach Palumbo and his "boys."
BETTER THAN LAST ISSUES COMPOSITE
The September 1987 issue showed a composite
photograph of Luke Palumbo's "boys" who partici-
pated in athletics under his direction.
James N. Scheibeler, P.O. Box 711, Danielson,
CT 06239 sent in this better photo which he is
offering to those who may want a copy. A 5x7 would
cost $3.00, and a 10x12 for $6.00, both in color.
Those wishing a copy, please write Jim at the ad-
dress above with your check.
ANOTHER NICE LETTER
My mother died on November 1, 1986. She was a
Florida member of the Panama Canal Society, and
was the wife of Peter L. Malone, who retired in
1950 as Superintendent and Master of Transport-
ation of the Panama Railroad.
I left the Canal Zone to attend schools in the
U.S. in 1933; I returned to Gatun, C.Z. and prac-
ticed dentistry in the Dispensary with Dr. Vestal
In keeping with my mother's wish to "keep in
touch" with those marvelous people, I want to con-
tinue the Malone membership in the Panama Canal
We live at 501 N. Riverside Drive, during the
months of January to the mid-May period in Pompano
Beach, FL. 33062. Enclosed is my check.
James L. Malone
SLOVERS NOW IN GEORGIA
Hi, to all our friends from Ann and Jim Slover.
We are now in Columbus, Georgia. Our phone number
is 404-568-3712. Please call us if you are in the
Jim retired on May 2 and is doing well after
his heart attack in January. We would like to
thank all those who attended his retirement party.
The gifts were lovely but most of all, your coming
was greatly appreciated.
Susie, Dan and Nancy were here over the 4th of
July and our Panama 5 will be here August 19.
We see Walt and Martha McGee often and how good
it has been to renew our friendship with them.
Come and see us!
FLOSSIE ANN HUGHES THANKS SOCIETY
Panama Canal Society:
I would like to thank everyone who helped my
husband, Jeff, locate old friends. He got to two
picnics and did so enjoy talking old times.
Jeff passed away July 28, 1987. Internment was
in Evansville, Indiana.
When I returned, I called our dear friends Mil-
ton and Mary Nell Sanders, only to learn Milton
passed away July 8.
Again, let me thank the Society for making
Jeffs last three years enjoyable.
Flossie A. Hughes
Gene (Sexton) Clary, Ruth Sill, and Dor-
PLANNING THEIR TRIP TO CHINA
Dorothy Williams spent a week planning their
trip to China in October with Gene (Sexton) Clary
Aside from their planning, they enjoyed touring
the North Carolina mountains, and had a lovely
visit and dinner with Ruth Sill, also of Hender-
sonville, North Carolina.
NELLREE BERGERS' TRIP
I thought I would tell you about a recent trip
Mother, Mrs. John J. (Eda) Baker, her sister
and my aunt, Louise Fry, both of Chatanooga, TN.,
and I left Chatanooga August 21 for a six-week
trip to 29 states and Canada by car, a total of
9,325 miles, and a seven-day cruise to Alaska.
I did all the driving. To make this a remark-
able trip, my mother will be 90 years old on Oct-
ober 19. We visited my sister-in-law, (Ernie's sis-
term Nellree Berger Brown, and daughters Shirley
Walsh Derrico and Marjorie Walsh Tuley and fam-
ilies in Lansing and Sauk Village, Ill. The Berger
and Walsh families are a 4th generation family. I
hope Nellie will send the information.
After leaving Chicago, we visited friends in
Milwaukee, Wis., and Missouri Valley, la., and a
cousin in Omaha, Neb., before heading west to Can-
After a cruise on the S.S. Rotterd4m we drove
down the west coast to Los Angeles where we visit-
ed a cousin, William Maury Johnson, who was sta-
tioned at Fort de Lesseps with the Marine Band
back in the 20's. After a few days in Los Angeles,
we spent several more days in Hemet with another
cousin, Bill Johnson's sister, Lula Mae (Mrs. War-
ner) Graves. While in Hemet, I tried to call Kath-
ryn Molinaro, but never did get in touch with her.
We had lunch at Lawrence Welk's Restaurant in Es-
condido one day and then drove on down to San
Diego before returning to Hemet.
After leaving Hemet, we went to Havasu City,
AZ., to drive over London Bridge, and then visit-
ed many other interesting places on the way home.
Wevisited my niece, Lounelle Campbell Black and
family in Shreveport, LA., and my sister and bro-
ther-in-law, Bettye and Ed Campbell (the Chocolate
people) in Baton Rouge before heading back home
via Florida, georgia and South Carolina. We had a
wonderful trip and very few problems.
On returning home, I have been busy planning a
reception for Mother's 90th birthday. It will be
held at the East Lake Baptist Church, Chatanooga,
on the 18th, where she has been a member for over
Now I am busy catching up on my correspondence,
club and church activities, and getting ready to
entertain several groups in November and December.
I am still active in music. I even sang one
night on the ship on the cruise!
Nellree B. (Mrs. Ernest E.) Berger
Signal Mountain, TN.
I am writing in response to your request for
additional information. In block #3 of the acci-
dent report form, I put, "Trying to do the job
alone" as the cause of the accident. You requested
a more detailed explanation, and I trust the fol-
lowing details will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the
accident I was working alone on the roof of a new
six-story building. When I completed my work, I
found that I had about 500 lbs. of bricks left
over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand,
I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a
pulley attached to the side of the building. at
the 6th floor.
Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to
the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the
bricks into it. Then I went back to the ground
floor and untied the rope, holding it tightly, to
isure a slow descent of the 500 lbs. of brick. You
wull note in block #11 of the accident report that
I weigh 145 lbs.
Surprised at being jerked off the ground so
suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to
let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded
at a rapid rate up the side of the building.
In the vicinity of the 3rd floor, I met the
barrel coming down. This explains the fractured
skull and broken collarbone.
Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid as-
cent, not stopping until my fingers were two
knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this
time I had regained my presence of mind and was
able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of my
At approximately the same time, however, the
barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom
fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of
the bricks, the barrel now weighed about 50 lbs.
I refer you again to my weight in block #11. As
you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down
the side of the building.
In the vicinity of the 3rd floor, I met the
barrel coming up. This account for the two fract-
ured ankles and the lacerations on my legs and
The encounter with the barrel slowed me enough
to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of
bricks and fortunately only three vertabrae were
I'm sorry to report however, that as I lay on
the bricks, in pain and unable to stand, watching
the empty barrel 6 stories above me, I again lost
my presence of mind and let go the rope. The
empty barrel weighed more than the rope, so it
came back down on me and broke both my legs.
I hope I have furnished the information you re-
quire as to how the accident occurred.
BOYHOOD PALS MEET AFTER 44 YEARS
Dr. John Kain, retired dentist, together with
his charming wife, Jo, visited the San Francisco
area during the Labor Day weekend and called on
his boyhood pal of Canal Zone days, Capt. Bradley
Pearson, retired seafarer.
Capt. Bradley Pearson and Dr. John Kain
The two hadn't met since 1943 when John was
attending Tufts Dental School and Brad was a Cadet
Midshipman at the United States Merchant Marine
Cobwebs were dusted off of long forgotten tales
about Zonians, Christmas tree raids/bonfires, Hal-
loween pranks, baseball/basketball teams, Zip
Zierten, Atlas Garden, Balboa Theater, Conmissary,
Brady's at the Limits, Juan Franco Race Track,
dancing on Quarry Heights parking lot, Star & Her-
ald paper route, Tivoli Hotel dances, and after
that, etc. etc...
During the recall of past events there were
numerous times when Canal Zone teachers were men-
tioned and praised for their excellent and devoted
work towards pounding some reasonable sense into
our cabezas and for that, we thank them.
John and Jo left to play in the four-day golf
tourney at Silverado Golf and Country Club which
was put on by The Retired Officers Association.
John is a retired Lieutenant Commander, USNR, and
plays at all the TROA nation-wide tourneys.
The Kains left for the Los Angeles area via
parlor car on Highway 101 in order to visit Jo's
EWE KANT BEET A GUD ED-U-KAY-SHUN
by Charlie Heim
School day, school days,
Dear old Golden Rule days,
Readin, Writin, and Rithmatic,
Taught to the tune of a hickory stick,
You were my queen in calico,
I was your bashful, barefoot beau,
You wrote on my slate
"I love you, Joe"
When we were a couple of kids.
Author unknown, at least by me.
My odessey through the halls of learning com-
menced in a one-room schoolhouse in the rural area
of Newark, Ohio. This citadel of education had
eight benches to accommodate the first 8 grades.
For sanitary purposes, there were two chick sales;
one for boys and one for girls. We actually did
our lessons on a slate and we did walk three miles
to school and back. This distance can be verified
by my sister, Mary Hatchett. She doesn't lie half
as much as I do.
I spent the first two grades of my education in
this quaint pillar of learning. This was cut short
when my father decided to return to the Canal
Zone. I have often thought he made this decision
because he could no longer put up with my contin-
ual bitchin' about the three mile hike to school
and back. I will say this, it is the only way you
can gain an education in one year from Second
grade to the Eighth. I missed my year in first
grade because I was too damn busy listening to
what was going on in the other seven. I sincerely
believe that missing the First grade instruction
was partially responsible for the lousy report
cards I managed to bring home in the ensuing
years. At least it offered some of the excuses I
used through the years for those report cards that
would offer very little chance that I would hang
a Phi Beta Kappa key on my watch chain.
I entered the Canal Zone schools in 1923 and
was put into the Third grade. My mentor was a lady
by the name of Miss Good. That Third grade room
was really an eye-opener for this old country boy.
Why, every kid had his own little bench with a
piece of furniture in front of it, called a desk,
and everyone there was in the same grade! I knew
right then that this type of education was not go-
ing to be aby cake-walk. Miss Good had only to
watch little kids on separate benches and did not
have to be watching some overgrown country boy
teasing the girls on the Eighth grade bench. I
wonder if she ever knew how fortunate she was.
Nothing monumental occurred in my Fourth, Fifth
and Sixth grade years, at least important enough
to take up space in this narrative.
At a very early age I discovered that if I ever
wanted a recess from under the watchful eye of any
teacher, I only had to lift my hand and give a
finger signal of one or two fingers, depending how
long one wanted to stay out of the room. This left
the poor soul little alternative, except to wave
you out of the room.
I was in the Seventh grade at this time and
felt it necessary to hoist the one-finger signal.
Coming out of the little boy's room, I saw the
Principal with a group of uniformed men, that
turned out to be a Japanese Admiral and his aides.
The Principal spotted me and instructed me to give
the gentlemen a guided tour of the school. This
was right up my alley. It gave me the opportunity
to shoot off my big mouth as though I knew what I
was talking about, but best of all, the excuse to
absent myself from the classroom for a half-hour
or so. When I did return, that teacher gave me the
oddest look, until I explained to her why it had
taken me so long.
The Admiral, in turn, must have been impressed
with my guided tour. He invited me to be his din-
ner guest on board his flag ship. My mother dres-
sed me in my church clothes (a blue serge suit and
black patent leather shoes, which every self-res-
pecting boy had to have in those days) and proudly
sent me on my way. The Admiral's dinner was a
gigantic banquet. Beside me at dinner, was every
important executive on the Canal. If I do say so
myself, for a little old Seventh grader, I handled
that evening pretty well. My folks would have been
proud of their problem child. It was a damn shame
they could not have been there to witness how well
I manifestd the social graces they had been trying
to beat into my embryonic brain.
Up to this time, my only claim to fame was
having dinner with an Admiral. The next day I
tried to lord it all over my good buddies and did
my damndest to convince them I could speak Japan-
ese after an exposure of only a few hours to that
language. They ostracized me until I had to give
in and admit that my knowledge of the Japanese
language had one hell of a lot to be desired.
Things stayed on a pretty even keel for the
next few weeks or so, except for the after-school
activities, like being caught stealing Mrs. Sears'
watermelon that she had brought to maturity with
tender, loving care or the bunch of bananas off
of Mr. Stetler's back porch. These and other mis-
adventures added up to a very unhappy time in this
period of my life.
Events gradually grew worse after I made the
fatal error of answering Miss Wold with some smart
remark in rebuttal to her falsely accusing me of
something of which I was not guilty.
She came charging down the aisle towards me
like General Patton on his way to Berlin. With
much flailing of arms on both our parts, it was
only natural that some sort of injury would occur.
Miss Wold suffered a small bruise on one of her
arms and I ended up with a deep two-inch scratch
on my cheek.
Everyone knows there always comes a day of rec-
koning and that day I was reckoned. The Principal
at that time was Mr. Sawyer and he found me guilty
without process, and arbitrarily expelled me from
school. Getting expelled from Canal Zone schools
wasn't the easiest thing to accomplish. I imagine
because we were such a close-knit community, and
all sorts of things were overlooked and forgiven.
In all fairness to Mr. Sawyer, maybe he was just
having a bad day because two days later my parents
were notified that I could return to school. I was
not sent back and much to my regret I discovered
that other plans for me had been put on the front
In those days, kids in my circumstances were
dubbed incorrigible. Now, according to Webster,
that would indicate that I was beyond correction
or irreclaimable. Kids today are damn lucky; they
only suffer the stigma of juvenile delinquent.
Again, according to Webster, this means they are
just a little kid falling short of his duty.
In Colon at that time there was a school called
"Watson's Institute" for all the incorrigables and
their school song went like this:
Root toot to, root toot to,
We are the boys from the Institute
We don't smoke, drink or chew,
And we don't go with girls that do.
Our class won the Bible.
I can't vouch that this school really existed,
but it was used as a scare tactic for kids like me
that found themselves on the wrong side of author-
After much debate, it was decided not to send
me to Watsons. I believe they reached this de-
cision because they could not bear the thought of
me singing that song just to irritate the whole
family in revenge for sending me to that school.
It was finally decided to enroll me in the
Catholic Brother school at 11th and "G" Street in
These good Brothers force-fed education into
their wards and force is the only descriptive word
I can come up with. If you were not letter perfect
in response to a question, you were either rapped
on the knuckles with a ruler or had an ear un-
screwed from the side of your head, and at the
very worst, made to kneel on overcoat buttons for
a while. To this day when I go to Church, which
isn't too often, I make damn sure that someone
hasn't put an overcoat button down for me to kneel
I must admit that I probably learned more in
three months under the tutelage of those not-so-
gentle "Friar Tucks" as I did in any six months at
The good Brothers wore an ankle-length woolen
habit and when they were in close proximity to
one's person, they sure as hell didn't make you
think of the beautiful essence of Chanel #5. Be-
tween their torture methods of education and the
indescribable odors, I began to initiate a program
to terminate my days of imprisonment in this tor-
On returning home from school each day, I would
enter the door, walking like the Hunchback of
Notre Dame, with my head cocked brutally to one
side. When questioned, "What the devil was I try-
ing to do now?", I would confess that I thought
the continual kneeling on overcoat buttons was
destroying my spine, never mind the knee caps. The
cocked head was the result of having my ears un-
screwed from my head about three times a day. My
Mom said, "What in the world are you talking
about?". I told her how if you even misspelled one
word out of twenty, for instance, or just one word
on recitation in Catechism, which happened to be
the very first thing in the morning. It was one
hell of a way to start the day with unscrewed ears
or overcoat kneecaps. Needless to say, she took
this explanation of my crippled body with a look
that said, "This kid is surely going to be the
cause of me being committed to the funny farm in
Perserverance does pay off. After hours of
cussing and discussing what the hell to do with
me, short of putting me in a sack and dumping me
in the ocean, it was finally decided to take me
out of Brother School before I became a hopeless
cripple. In which case, my poor parents would have
had me under foot for the rest of their lives. It
was finally decided to send me to a military
school in the States. There is an old saying: "Out
of sight and you can't send me out of my mind." It
goes something like that.
I entered Devitte Military Academy at Morgan-
ville, New Jersey and was put in the Eighth grade
and given the grand title of Cadet Private Heim;
measured for uniforms and was now started on my
Now, military school wasn't all that bad except
for a few things I found annoying. We were compel-
led to write at least one letter home each week.
These letters were censored. It was a waste of
paper and ink if you only said 'how lumpy the
mashed potatoes were.' The only way these letters
passed muster was to write and say what a wonder-
ful time was being spent at old Devitte, and how
very great the instructors were, etc, etc, and
those etc's better be in the same vein...anything,
as long as it relieved your parents' guilt feeling
from sending the little monster there.
They say that the movie actor, Lon Chaney, was
the man of a thousand faces. (By the way, that's
where I got the hunchback idea). Well, let me tell
you, that Devitte outfit did pretty well in the
face business too. All I heard for one year was,
"Right face," "Left face," "Wipe that grin off
your face," or "Let's face it, men!" Men?? A bunch
of skinny little kids that couldn't cut the mus-
tard at home, and parents that could no longer
cope with them. This forced them to send their
little man somewhere; that would have someone who
would put lumps on his carcass and never suffer a
guilty conscience while performing this task.
I did make some fine friends there. One of my
room-mates was a kid from New York City by the
name of Sol Wachtler. Sol is now a Superior Court
Judge in New York. I often thought if I ever got
into real trouble anywhere, I would request a
change of venue to be tried in New York. Himmmum.
I was paroled out of good old Devitte after one
year and allowed to return to the Canal Zone. My
parents were at dockside to meet me. I marched
down the gang-plank in my little monkey suit. My
Dad said something to me, which I don't recall now
but I do recall snapping out a "Yes, Sir!" that
old Eisenhower himself would have complimented me
for. Pop's eyes kind of glazed over, a tear rolled
down his cheek and I could see that he thought the
money had been well spent.
I entered Cristobal High School in September,
1930. Mr. Milton Franks was the Principal. He had
me come to his office and there on his desk, was
a file with Charles F. Heim on the cover. He said,
"Charles, it appears you have had some problems
here at school." I mumbled a few words with a
"Sir" thrown in here and there. He searched my
face for a few minutes then said, "What do you say
we forget your past history and start your high
school career with a clean slate?" I'll tell you,
I was throwing some fancy "Yes, Sirs" around that
good man's office. I did have to bite my tongue
from making a smart remark like, "When did they go
back to using slates?" when he said he was going
to have me start my high school year with a clean
I managed to make my journey through high
school with a minimum of grief, both at school and
at home. No one has ever accused me of being a
scholar and I made every effort that they would
never be disappointed. One of my brother-in-laws
once made the remark that I was only good for two
things: telling dirty jokes and drinking beer. I
am positive of one thing. Some of those jokes were
good for some great belly-laughs and I doubt
that in studying Chaucer or Euclid would even
cause a person to grin. A long drink of an ice-
cold frothy beer beats the hell out of lemonade
any day of the week. So much for that particular
According to the 1935 Cristobal High School
Year Book, it shows I was involved with the Glee
Club; Publicity Chairman; on the Carnival Commit-
tee; the Varsity Club and the Dramatic Club in my
Junior and Senior years. It also noted that some
wit had said, "Charlie stands for what he thinks
other people will fall for." Oh well, you can't
win them all.
That memorable day finally arrived when I
realized that I had actually completed twelve
grades of education. In all modesty, I did try,
but I owe this accomplishment mostly to those ded-
icated teachers I was fortunate to have through my
school years, even those that didn't smell like
In Cristobal, my very favorite teacher was Miss
Bess Liter and Mr. Vinton, but this takes nothing
away from Mr. Hackett, Miss Spencer, Miss Kimbro,
Mr. Myers, Mr. Fringer, and of course, Miss Moore
who was a wonderful teacher, except thst she had
this lousy habit of always asking why I couldn't
be as cooperative in making those "A" grades that
those show-off sisters of mine who proceeded me in
You did not see those dedicated teachers out on
the street in front of the Canal Zone schools with
placards hung around their necks striking for
higher wages. They were in the class rooms teach-
ing. They turned out students that could read and
write and carry on an intelligent conversation.
It seems to me that most of the teachers devote
most of their energy in crying for higher wages
and graduating students that are practically il-
literate. Every student that ever graduated from
a Canal Zone school should thank God every day for
those educated men and women that taught us to use
the grey matter that the Good Lord gave us.
My joy on graduation was short-lived, as I was
to learn a week later that I had been accepted by
Texas University at Austin. This proves that
prayers are not always answered, as I had made an
honest Novena to the Blessed Virgin that they
would not accept my application.
The night of graduation, my sister Anniel and
her husband Malden Bishop treated Bert Asencio,
Dave Marshall and me to a night on the town. We
finished the evening at the Atlantic Cabaret. To
cap off a most memorable night of celebration, our
school Principal, Mr. Franks and his most gracious
wife, the former Margaret Hayes, were also there
and sent a round of drinks to our table.
I started college with my good friend Bert
Asencio, who had been with me throughout the other
long school years. Bert was there to study elec-
trical engineering. I was there because my parents
gave me no other choice.
Oh hell college wasn't all that bad, in fact
I sort of enjoyed it. Especially the dances on
Saturday nights, which were called Germans, and
dancing to the big name bands that were engaged;
the long bull-sessions and the beer-busts. I man-
aged to make half decent grades, but most of my
wolly grey matter was used up on how to worm my
way out of any further higher education and an
early return to the Canal Zone.
About half-way through my sophomore year, I
discovered that beautiful word, Neurasthenia,
(brain and nerve exhaustion). I wrote a letter to
the most patient parents in the whole world that
I hadn't been feeling well and had gone to the
doctor. He had diagnosed my complaint as neuras-
thenia and recommended that I drop out of college
for the next semester. Of course all of this was
a damned lie on my part, but it did accomplish a
trip home for me, and the absolute end to my
parent's hopes that one day I would be another
Einstein, or at the very least, a Dr. Schweitzer.
On returning home I was able to gain employment
in a training program of mosquito abatement and
environmental sanitation. My very first supervisor
was Mr. Bruce Sanders.
The remainder of my days in the work force was
spent in this line of endeavor. I finally decided
to retire to this mountain cabin because I had
heard numerous rumors that the Sierra Club was
going to subpoena me before a congressional com-
mittee, with the charge that I was contributing
to making the cockroach an endangered species.
There is one last thing to add to this narra-
Two or three years ago I developed a very pain-
ful limp, and surgery became necessary on my right
knee. While I was still in the recovery room, my
doctor came in and said, 'Mr. Heim, how in the
devil did an overcoat button "Please, Doc,
please not now I'll tell you all about it
FORMER ZONIANS IN THE NORTHWOODS
Family friends, including a group of former
Zonians gathered at the Mallory cottage, August 20
on White Earth Lake to celebrate Bill's 75th birth
day and the Duncan's 23rd wedding anniversary.
Dick, Betsy, Dan (age 16) and Amy (age 14) arrived
from Radford, Virginia for a visit. Edwin and
Susan Bishop drove from Colorado Springs for the
occasion. Louise Wilkinson and Marguerite Wood of
bJ Donna, Texas, are summer residents as well as Dick
L' ,k and Kaye Potter of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.
Many hours during the summer were enjoyed fish-
ting, boating, water sports, sailing and golf.
SAuttumn has arrived and we are now surrounded with
the gorgeous fall foliage at this peak season. As
Back, L-R: Betsy (Mallory) and Cl. Ge- the Canadian Honkers and Mallard ducks fly south,
rge R. Duncan (AUS) Middle row L-R: although the Minnesota Loon still floats across
rge R. Duncan (AUS) Middle row L-R: the lake, we too will soon leave for our winter
Richard Potter, Col. Edwin Bishop (Ret), the lake, we too will soon leave for our winter
Susan (Ewing) Bishop, Louise (Sampson) homes. Again we shall look forward to spending the
Susan (Ewing) Bishop, Louise (Sampson)
Wilkinson, Marguerite (Wilkinson) Wood surer of 1988 in these surroundings.
and William B. Mallory. Front: Kaye Pot- Marion L. Mallory
ter and Marion (Lucas) Mallory. Memphis, TN.
Kid Kindergarten March 1943. Standing L-R: Roy Perkins, Melvin Downing, Kenny Whe-
eler, Johnny Young, Eddie Henriquez, Darlene Edwards, Sally Morland, Dot Leech, Dan-
dy Blinstrup, Peggy Rankin, Rodger Griffith, Beverly Crawford. Middle row: Buddy
Adams, Henry Twohy, Michael Taylor, Susan Taylor, Mary Orr, Robert MacSparran, Jimmy
Longo, Nancy Simon, Jerry Simon. Seated: Kathleen Edgecomb, Sandra Motta, Dennis
Corrigan, Stephy Beck, Patty Doyle, Adrienne Monahan, Anna Marie Hauberg, Kay
McClure, Layne Taylor, Timmy Ellis, Mary Morland and Carol Jennings. Absent: Jay and
Stu Clemmons, Michael Browning, Patty Manders, Patsy Maedl, Barbara Larabee, Shirley
Peterson, Michael McCarthy, and Faye Turner. Submitted by Catsy Taylor Schafer, who
would enjoy hearing from any of these "KIDS. "
James Connell, oldest Construction era
CANAL CONSTRUCTION WORKER
CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY
BALBOA (OPA PCC) He began school at an age
of 6, and six years later, after completing his
grade school education, he decided he had enough.
That was quite sometime ago as James Connell, the
oldest of the surviving Panama Canal builders,
observed his 100th birthday August 23.
Connell was influenced to quit school by a
doomsday husband-and-wife evangelist team who came
to his native island of Barbados preaching that
the end of the world was near. "Since that was
the case, I told my mother that I was not going
back to school because I wanted to have a good
time," he said with a hearty chuckle and a broad
reminiscent smile on his face. In this case, the
"good time" included playing a lot of cricket.
Connell was 19 when he came to the isthmus in
The passage from Barbados to Colon cost him
$10, he said. He remembers getting aboard a
train at Colon and off at a station before the
old Empire townsite and later getting a job with
the Dredging Division at paraiso. "I used to
carry dynamite on my head, for 10 cents an hour,"
In 1918, Connell had the opportunity to go to
San Francisco. A young couple bought the old
dredge Culebra from the canal organization and he
went along with it as a member of the crew, "That
was before the Golden Gate Bridge was built. we
had to use the ferry to get across the bay."
Connell recalls. He returned to the isthmus 40
days later aboard a U.S. Army transport.
There was no new job available at the Dredging
Division just then, so Connell took a train to
Panama City and went to the former Tivoli guest
house, where a friend gave him a job as a waiter.
But two weeks later he quit, deciding "I can do
better than that."
He was lucky to find a job with the Building
Division in the carpenter shop. 'The boss liked
my attitude and taught me to operate all the
machines in the shop," Connell said. He later be-
came a foreman and was able to teach others, in-
cluding some who later became his supervisors.
Connell used to reside in the Carrasquilla
suburb just outside Panama City, but recently
moved to the Asilo Bolivar after his comnon-law
wife died. His only daughter is living and
working in Washington. The daughter of his
common-law wife, Any Smith, takes care of the
money for his lodging.
Connell got dressed in a suit and celebrated
his 100th birthday with his old neighbors from
Carrasquilla, one of them baked him a cake and
a young woman who occasionally takes him for a
ride in her car painted a six-foot wide cardboard
sign that was put on the wall of his side of the
room that he shares with another man. The sign
which is still up, reads "Happy 100th Birthday,
Southern Command News
September 18, 1987
BY Neville Harte
My two young daughters and I were trying to
locate an old church which was overgrown by the
jungle. Quite a quantity of surface debris was
scattered upon the ground and a small, shallow
stream ran through the center of the area. My dau-
ghters were examining the clay banks for possible
glass bottles which might have the Spanish seal
impressed upon the side.
Along the stream grew many Banyon trees. Their
roots made a perfect network to catch any debris
that would wash out of the stream bank by flash
My attention was focused on what appeared to be
a large clay base of a Spanish wine jug, resting
on the opposite side of the stream bank. I judged
the distance to jump the stream to be about six
feet, when suddenly my children were shouting,
"Daddy! Daddy, come quick and look what we have!"
Now, anything can happen in the jungle, so I ran
over to the girls to find them looking at a large
blind Boa constrictor, tangled in the roots of a
Banyon tree under the water. It seems that he had
made a meal of some animal, then could not back up
to get free.
My daughters were quite unafraid, and of course
were well trained in jungle lore. They held on to
the boas tail to stop him from thrashing about
while I cut the mass of roots to free him. The
girls carried him to high ground to dry out, for
the boa was pretty well exhausted, and at this
time of the year, they have a tendency to attack
and bite while blind. So I left the girls to watch
the boa dry out in the morning sun.
I picked up a long pole which I had cut pre-
viously, with the idea of flipping over the cer-
amic base of the wine jug, rather than jumping
over the creek to inspect it. The past series of
events was indeed fortunate, for at the touch of
the pole, the bottom of the supposedly wine jug
uncoiled into a very angry Fer de Lance. Thank
goodness there was six feet of water between us.
And so, as they say, the Good Lord takes care
of Englishmen, even in the jungle.
Anyway, our day in the jungle ended like many
other days a tired but happy family with a bit
more knowledge and understanding than we had yes-
Track and Field, circa 1930, Back row:
Jim Westendorf, Ed Kunkle, Bill Burdge,
Cecil Banan. Middle: Bob Messer, Maynard
Huff, Jack Dombrowsky, (unknown) Billy
Michaelsen. Front: (unknown) Albert Held
Mike Dew, (unknown), Moises De La Pena.
Winners of a Ringer Tournament, Summit
Hills Golf Club in 1951. L-R: Halvosa,
Thompson, G. Riley, John Wilks, E. Mor-
Photo by Morris Cherry
Working model of a Lock made at Gorgona
Shops being crated for shipment to the
Pan-Pacific Exposition in 1915. L-R:
Robert L. Dill, (unknown), J.' De Young.
REMINDER OF 1914 BLAZE PRESENTED
The Panama Canal Spillway
July 16, 1971
J. Winter Collins, Panama Canal retirement
counselor, recently presented an attractively
framed piece of charred wood and several photo-
graphs to Col. Segismundo Navarro, Conmandant of
the Panama Fire Department.
The story of the unique presentation began one
morning at 3:15 a.m., May 5, 1914, when El Polvo-
rin, Panama's powder magazine exploded, suddenly
awaking Robert LeRoy Dill, a Panama Railroad clerk
who was asleep in his bachelor quarters in Ancon.
In the morning, Dill and thousands of others
went to the scene of the blast and while looking
over the destruction, he picked up a piece of
charred palm bark which had blown with the explo-
Funeral for Bomberos killed by Powder
House explosion, May 5, 1914.
Dill, who had come to the Canal in 1912, took
the piece of blackened bark with him to Houston,
Texas, when he left in 1917. He had attached to it
a description of the tragedy which took the lives
of several members of the Panama Fire Department.
After serving with the U.S. Army air squadron
in World War I, Dill returned to Houston and went
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